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leek of December £S, 1947 - January 3, !- 

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Thursday, January 1, 194S Cloudy 

■B the $ew r Xear rang its I Lb old -;j 9 
Massachusetts everyone at, the I i I Ian was so bu_ ing 
a li3t of resolutions that no one noticed what was happening 
to the Inn it sell' or what • /ear auwat to it. 
those two iron ke&tlas swinging en the crane could 
about how times have changed and how each ne*. wrings with 
it new methods of cooking* Or aaybe the hand hewn beans 
tell a thing or two about new years because they have looked down 
upon each and every traveller who has stopped here during the 
past year and many years u£. Anyway, the fact is t . 
every single thing in the k -ad a birthday today and is 

year older than it was yesterd Add one year to the I 
of the sombre clock. Put a on the nusket carried by 
tarsia Smith in the Revoluti: Make the Hutch table 
in the old Dining Boom a year older and last but not least be 
proud to announce that the Inn itself has reached toe ripe old 
age of two hundred and sixty-two year 

Friday, January 2, 1948 Snow 

New Englanders and Ytayside Inn-ers in particular 
awoke this morning to find another blizzard raging and a 
fall of snow adding inch upon inch to the layer upon layer 
by two previous storms. Mo one ventured out except a low men 

snow plows. Mac and Beun$ isept our .rucks going 
back and f orth and once in awhile the town plow rounded the 
corner at Dun ton Boau. Guests were few and far between remind- 
ing us of stage coach days or even before when Landlord R-. 
awaited with eagerness the arrival of a guest to bring him news 

the outside World. So today we watched the 3torm ana wa- 
fer a traveller. In the meantime we chose for our theme song - 
"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow I s 


Seek of December 28, 194? ~ January 3, 1948 

Saturday, January 3, 1948 

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After yesterday's storm we were surprised when the 
fifty guests invited to the wedding reception of Mr, and Mrs. 
Rowan Wakefield arrived promptly at four- thirty this afternoon. 
But where were the bride and groom? % waited 

waited. the orchestra played and played, but the party could 2/ 
not begin. After waiting one hour and a half, the bride and <>r 
groom finally dsyove up to the snow-banked front door and burrldly 
formed a receiving line in the old Ball room. The snow had 
delayed the groom 1 s mother who came from the western part of the 
state. This was & reception of unusual interest. Months age 
the bride cabled from Berlin, Germany, "Please tend immediately 
all information regarding a wedding reception at the Wayside Inn. 8 
Plans were made over there then brought across the ocean and 
materialized today. The wedding dress was also planned and 
made in Germany and worn today be a ^rtur/ radiant bride. 


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Sunday, January 4, 1948 Very cold 

Every descriptive adjective under the sun has been 
used in praise of the Inn, Poems have been written and songs 
sung to glorify its name, today a couple of guests just 
purred witn contentment, like two kittens. They had at long 
last found their treasure $ the warmth and comfort of an open 
fire in an old Inn. "les, we have many such places in old 
England" explained I*r. 0*&!aliey-Keys, "but in New England, 
no - not until we found this." The , Uialley-£ey3 had expe-. 
to find an old Inn tucked into practically every corner c 
Engl&nd and had travelled fag and wide to find one. In blear:, 
cold Rockport, a summer resort town on the florth Shore, a 
charging, delightful, perfect old place Lng had been 
oramended. "But it didn't even have a tire going in the 
iireplace" sighed our guest. Mrs. G J MaIiey--Keyes jumped in 
kitten-like fashion onto the settle near the Bar room hearth 
and curled up in its corner. Si'. O'ifcslley-Keyei; lolloped 
suit. Purr-r-r we heard, then tip-toed out. 

Monday, January 5, 1948 No Snow 

All the main highways are clear w^d our- own roads 
and parking space well plowed. But the accumulation of ( 
many snowstorms that we have lost brack of the number f la 
all around p levelling off the fields and covering fences and 
stone walls. Just their bare outlin* 

through the snow. The winding narrow path of the brook r... 
be aeexi as it trickles quietly through overarching drifts, 
the black water standing out in sharp contrast to the pure 
white snow. 

In the house, Miss Staples is busily look rear 
the hooked rugs just back from the cleaner. Their frc 
colors brighten up the rooms. 

WEEK OF JAHUARX 4-10, 1948 1 ITO 

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Tuesday, January 5, 1948 Cold 

A modern Mrs, John Hancock stopped here for dinner 
this evening and explained that her late husband was fourth 
in direct line from tne famed Massachusetts Governor* The 
Governor's mansion, the reader may recall, stood on the site o 
of the present State House in Boston and the house was JBto 
as one of the most elegant ever built in New England. JJuch 
to the regret of antiquarians and many others, the house \?as 
torn down and the contents scattered. The Mr3. John Hancock 
of this day and age is in possession of a walking stick made 
from a piece of the staircase in the old flancock house. 
This, she said, would be passed on to her son, another John 

Hdnesday, January 7, 1948 &iow 

Another show storm is whirling through the air 
adding fresh whiteness and beauty to the old snow as well 
as depth for those who have to shovel and plow. 

Mr. Condit, who arrived on Monday for a short 
rest, is finding this quiet snom, where all ordinary sounds 
are muffled, very conducive to sleep. And this is literally 
*just what the docu>r ordered. n 

One day last wee* two of the hostesses took a 
walk up to the Mill and back. It occurred to them that 
this would be a good chance to put some bird seed in the 
feeding station. This was a more difficult task than they 
realized. The snow was about three feet deep in this particu- 
lar place and very heavy and wet but their efforts were 
successful. Just at the right moment *r. came along 
and snapped their picture and today presented each wit; 
snapshot. We are very much afraid that a big fat gray 
squirrel got most of the seed intended for the poor little 

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Thursday, January 3,. 1948 Cloudy 

In the excitement, shall we say, of entertaining 
guests from afar, the importance of what our nearest neigh- 
bor has to say sometimes escapes us. For instance, we 
lend an ear to a guest from South America, if he only tal 
about the weather, while much sore important conversation 
or information from a Boston friend is likely to be tossed 
aside. Today with no foreign guests to claim our attention 
we had a most enlightening and informative, talk from our 
own Sr. Ror strom who, when not working here, maintains a 
small poultry farm. He told us this afternoon about a new 
poultry disease called Newcastle, which in 1924, wioed ad 
practically all the hens In England., Then it appeared on 
the K?«st Coast of this country and within a coupls of years 
has spread to Hew England. Symptoms are easily descernable 
if you know your hens. They make a noise as if clearing 
the throat and run a little fever at the same time. T 
clearing of the throat lasts about six weeks* during which 
time, the hens do not lay any eggs. This, together with 
high grain prices., does not make poultry raising a very 
profitable or attractive Business even for one as experienced 
as Hr. Rorstrom. It presented quite a gloomy picture, b 
the sun does not always shine in South America i 

Friday, January 9, 1948 Harm end Clear- 

Since the children from the Itary Lamb School Ixave 
been home on their Christmas vacation, today marks the first 
dancing lesson they have had for several weeks and ne 
first lesson in 194S. 

Today, we received a second letter from Philip 
Morgan, a former Wayside Inn Boys Schcr.: student, #ic is 
now living in Penacook, New Hampshire. In nis letter, Philip 
expressed his aopreciatica for the "Christinas Greetings w 
sent ilia by his wayside Inn friends. 

Hiss Fisher entertained &r. and Mrs, Hall from 
Sudbury at dinner this evening. After dinner, Rev., Lt, 
an overnight guest, joined the group in a friendly chat 
around the open iire in the Bar Boom. 




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Saturday, January 10, 1948 Very Cold 

Four guests arrired rather late for luncheon and 
lingered quite some time in the dining room and about the 
Inn after lunch. ^hen leering the second man in the party 
stopped and remarked to a hostess "This is Mr. Josiyn, who 
you all know as Kr. District Attorney on the radio." 

This afternoon, the small Ball room was made the 
scene of a Shower Party and Buffet Tea, giren in honor of 
the cosing marriage of Siss Rosalie Pakus to Hr. Allen 
Kr&ger of Karlborough, Mass, 

Allen, who is a fcayside Inn Boys School graduate, 
is now living and working in Marlboro, as well as attend- 
ing night school in Boston, 

Ereryone at the Inn wishes the young couple 
success and happiness In the years to come. 

Week of January II - 17, 1948, inclusive 

Sunday, January 11, 1943 Very Cold 

On a cold Winter day like this, it is hard to 
imagine the good old Summer time when guests come flocking 
in around four or five o'clock in the afternoon, worn and 
weary from a hot day of motoring tmu z.s& for a place to 
spend the nigho. Today, we were reminded of just such days, 
when Kr. and *rs. Nagle with four friends came in for r» 
The Nagles run "Greycrof t B , about three miles up the read, 
where cabins are available for tourists and where we have 
sent many of our "overflow" guests in the summer time. Mr. 
Nagle was for many years a waiter and steward with the C 
Line ana has travelled around the Vtorld twice. In la ,ars 
he has been in charge of the Phoenix Club- . . rvard College, 
Consequently with this training and expenen ,as made 
Greycrof t a clean ana attractive place to stop. Strange as 
it way seem the Nagles had never been to the Inn before. 

Konday, January 12, 1948 

The weather is still the main topic of conversation 
and today nore snow fell in the afternoon and the thermometer 
went do*n below ssero in the night. 

Sir. and Hrs. Condit left after lunch, feeling much 
refreshed and ready to take up their many duties of Church 
and home. 

Lena started on her vacation today end we shall all 
miss her. Part of the time sne will spend with relatives 

The large Ball Boom is beginning to shine with its 
new coat of paint. The woodwork ant; seat^ along one side 
where Mr. Coulter has been working, are "jiiinririnc; white. 


Week of January 11 - 17, 1948, inclusive 

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Tuesday, January 13, 1948 Snow 

Almost every child at one time or another has been 
fascinated aith the cuckoo bird appearing hourly or half-hourly 
from his nest on the top of a cuckoo clock. He opens a little 
door, then as if in a great hurry, the lively little bird 
comes forth and cuckoos exactly the right number of hours. 
V.hen finished, he speedily retreats to his neSt behind the door. 
Hi .3 s Fisher has had a cuckoo clock in her room for sometime and 
it being a family possession, she decided at Christmas time to 
pass the clock on to her little nieces. When she arrived at 
her de3tination with the clock) carefully taken apart for 
transportation, she discovered that the carved ornamental top 
of the clock, above the cuckoo's nest, was missing. After an 
extensive search lasting a day or two, the lost was found in 
the Inn's parking place, an automobile having run over it and 
broken the lovely piece of carving into many small bits. 
Now the point of this story is to tell what an exce lent job 
Miss Fisher has done in repairing her clock and other thing ~. 
Assisted by encouraging words ana helpful suggestions from 
Sr. Puray und a bottle of tfupont cement, the carving was 
repaired perfectly. Sot a trace of a broken spot was cUscern- 
able. Just so has Kiss Fisher nade repairs on our valuable 
Courting Mirror whose old and deiica&e frame was literally 
lulling to pieces. She has restored several small thin strips 
of veneering to their proper place:; on mirrors ana chests and 
was seen recently putting a tiny bit of glass on the base of a 
beautiful compote holding, during the process, a magnifying 
glass with one hanc and the broken piece in the other. 

Wednesday, January 14, 1948 Snov. 

The snow which fell all day yesterday has again 
made the world a fairyland, for those who do not have to shovel, 
at least. The snow is still clinging to the trees so that 
each tiny twig "is ridges inch deep with pearl." 

Driving conditions in towns and cities are very poor 
but Kr. ^eller who arrived this afternoon reported the highways 
were well taken care of all the way aown fro* Portland, Maine. 
K r. teller is always very talkative and told us tonight about 
his antique shop whic:. he calls "The Little Red Schoolhouse". 

Weeic of January 11-17, 194-8 , inclusive 

January 14 f 1948 (continued) 

It is about 150 years old and he says everyone in the valley 
was educated ohere. Larrt summer an old lady 94- years old 
case over 100 miles to see the school which she attended as 
a little girl, Mr. Keller has replaced the pot-bellied 
stove with a fieldstone fireplace and has added a Pine Room 
and a Lincoln Room to house his priceless antiques, 

Thursday, January 15, 1943 Cloudy 

Three pictures of interest have coae to our atu 
tion ouring the past week* The first is an especially 
good photograph of Hr. Ford and Oliver Edward Barthel M -ted 
in the roadster vThich *r. Ford drove in the 1901 race at 
Grosse Point. The race was an competition with Alexander 
Vinton and Mr. Ford was the winner. The second picture is 
of Sir. Arthur T. Gregorian whom we have never seen, but who 
recently took some of our hooked rugs and expertly cleaned 
and repaired them. He was born in Persia, but his family 
is of Armenian origin and were, for generations, rug crafts- 
men. *r» Gregorian* s place of business is in Mjwtiiu but 
he often goes elsewhere, to Woman's Clubs and Church societies, 
to lecture on rugs. The third picture is of one of our 
guests, Rev. Charles Francis Hail, who on January 15th, was 
installed as Bishop-coadjutor of a ew Hampshire. The picture 
is especially pleasing because it is a family group showing 
both Mr. and *rso Rail with their three small boys. 

Friday, January 16, 1948 Pleasant 

Despite the cold and snowy weather, the children 
from the Mary-Lariib School came to the Inn today for their 
dancing lesson. We hardly kno* they are in the house, 
except for the music Kiss Fisher pla; they dance y for the 
children are trained so perfectly by Mrs. hennett, that one 
hardly notices- the® as they enter and leave the Inn. They 
are truly perfect little ladies and gentleman. 

leek of January 11 ~ .17, 1948, inclusive 

Janu&ry 16, 1948 (continued) 

This evening, Mr, Haynes returned to the Inn for 
dinner,, He is always a treat to those around him for he never 
forgets to bring his cheery "Hello" and a few choice anecdotes 
to help the evening along, 

Saturday, January 17, 1948 Cloudy 

Mrs* Crocker and Mr. and Mrs. Woodbury, who are 
frequent guests at the Lin, drove from Boston today to have 
luncheon at the Inn and to enjoy the snow- covered countryside. 

Tonight the Inn welcomed Francis Crosby and Harry 
Kathson, who were both students at the Wayside inn Boys School, 
The boys seemed glad to see their friends at the Inn and after 
chattering awhile decided to stay over night at the Inn and also 
to spend the evening at a dance in Sudbury. 

Rising early Sunday rooming, the boys enjoyed a 
"famous* plttter of scrambled eggs and were off to the little 
town of Uxbridge where they are nov living. Francis, the older 
of the too boys-, is working while Harry is still attending 
High School. 

leek of January 18 - 24, 194S 
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Sunday, January 18, 1948 Snow Storm 

It is not often that we catch a glimpse of so-called 
flashy clothes. Certainly the Inn with its antique setting 
would never be chosen as ■ desirable place for an up-to-date 
fashion show. Today however, we were introduced to a gentleman 
whom our grandmothers would have called "quite a fashion plate." 
He wore a light wool, black and white checkered suit with gay 
handkerchief In the upper pocket and a bright neck tie. In 
contrast to our other guests of the day who came in ski togs and 
high boots, our fashion plate looked as if he had stepped from 
either Florida or California over snowy mountain peaks and 
frozen rivers, right into a New England snow bank. And sure 
enough, he had just arrived from California where grass is green 
and flowers are blooming and where men wear flashy clothes in 
contrast to New England's conservative gear. Our guest was 
Mr. Thomas L. Lewis of the Pacific Airmotive Corporation, a 
friend of Kr. and Mrs. Bowen who used to live in the old Walker 
house on Peakh&m Road, 

Monday, January 19, 1948 Cold 

The lowest temperature of the season was recorded 
c night 29 degrees below zero. Snow already accumulated 
has reached a depth of thirty-one inches. This - ■ official 
measure for Concord and Sudbury cant be far behind since 
snowed all Saturday night and Sunday. 

The long-awaited "Mary Lamb" books finally arrived 
today. Several copies which ha^e been on order for 3o&e time 
can now be sent off and will make the recipients very happy 
we know. The cover of this new edition is a different color. 
Instead of brown it is a lovely cool gray. The paper inside 
the cover matches exactly and the title printed in black 
contrasts very well with the gray background. The Mary Lamb 
books have always been our best sellers and we feel sure this 
new edition will be just as popular. 

Week of January 13 - 24, 1948 

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Tuesday, January 20, 1943 farmer and Pleasant 

After an absence of many months the Inn welcomed back 
today its old friend "The Story of Mary and. Her Little La:;;b. n 
This is probably our most popular book and is sold to our guest:-: 
at the rate of about one a minute in one Summer time - or so it 
seems. Anyway, children and adults alite love that little story 
and are doubly enthusiastic after seeing the actual School house 
attended by Mary Sawyer ana her iamb. Due to the paper shortage, 
labor trouble and various other things, the book ha3 been out of 
print for sometime. Today Mr. Saint appeared with a towering 
pile of little gray covers in the familiar Mary Lamb sise. Ex- 
clamations of delight could be heard all over the house, tt I 
Mary Laabs are herei" 

Wednesday, January 21, lj£S Snow 

Again the "no school" announcements were is&de early 
this morning over the radio, particularly for the lower grades 
as deep snow and severe cola make transportation hazard jus for 
little tots. Due to slightly higher temperatures the roads we 
icy and people were also warned not to drive unless absolutely 

Six people ventured out, however, to see the Inn. They 
were a man from nearby who was entertaining friends iron* Webster 
City, Iowa. They all enjoyed the ;,ouse and asked nany questions 
about it. 

Rev. ana Mrs. Hastings know how to enjoy this v.'eather.£ brought their skiis their tis;e is divided between siding 
or walking, eating and sleeping. 

Si'. Purdy loaned %. Saint his snow shoes and v 
errands tuke aim to the Mill or Dutton House he can get is 
without any trouble. 

Seek of January 18 - 24, 2941 

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Thursday, January 22, 194B Cold 

The house is being prepared for the Ministers' 
Retreat which begins on Sunday next with twenty minis t,. 
scheduled to attend* All the beds in the house have been 
made up fresh and t«o cots will be placed in readiness. 
The usual list of men together witn a program of th- 
meetings has been received from Dr. Efcz. One familiar 
name is aissing. It is that of Dr. John ran Schoich whose 
presence will be misaed greatly. Dr. Eta writes that Dr. 
John is not well and is very sorry not to be able to get 
here. We are indeed sorry too. The other names on the 
list are generally familiar - Kuntley, Bosk, Leaning and 
Ellenwooa. Rev. C&rleton Usher who recently returned from 
two years spent in supervising relief work in Europe, will 
be a guest. 

Friday, January 23, 1948 Cold 

Mr. Adams, a neighbor, and frequent at 
the Inn, entertained Mr. W. James Welsh, Division Manager 
of the Nu-Enaael Corporation of* Chicago at luncheon today. 

Mr. Adams owns a suaraer estate near-by and visits 
the Inn quite often in the summer; but since he lives in 
New lork City during the winter months, we were surprised 
but nevertheless glad to greet him and his business assoc. 

Among our guests today, came four people from 
Vancouver, B a C They visited the rooms in the Inn, sat 
by the fire in the Bar Room and enjoyed afternoon tea on 
the Porch. 

of January 18 - 24, 1948 

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Saturday, January 24, 1948 Snow 

Despite the raging snow storm and warning over 
the radio for everyone to leave their cars at home and "Old 
Kitchen Dinner" scheduled for this evening was served prompt- 
ly at 7»30 P. M. as planned. 

■re. James Davis from Framingham Center, said they 
made the effort to reach the Inn on this snowy night because 
the honored guests were from California and anxious to visit 
the Inn. 

Ifhen leaving, our guests turned to the hostt 

at the desk and exclaimed "We are so glad we came, for that 

was the best steak dinner we have ever eaten and v?e did so 
enjoy your Old Kitchen and the open fire. 

*eek of January 25 - 31, 1948 inclusive 

Sunday, January 25, 194£ Very Cold 

From points east, north, south and west, twenty 
ministers journeyed toward Sudbury today. They met in the 
late afternoon in the old Bar room to begin their forty- 
sixth Wayside Inn Retreat, Siax Kapp who is not one to break 
the slightest tradition concerning retreats, came first as 
usual and from a far northern point - Canton, New jforic or 
3hould we say that the second to arrive came from the greatest 
distance. This year Emerson Lalone practically hopped across 
the Atlantic ocean to be here. He and Frater Cummingo hare 
been on a tour of HP camps, orphanages and relief stations in 
Germany, Also to report on the work of the tfeiiver sails t 
Service Committee in Germany is Carlton Fisher who will be 
here as a guest of the Retreat, Between four and six o'clock 
east met west and north greeted south. In other words Drs, 
Eta, Leining, Keamon, Huntley, Hoyt, Rose Rice and Beach were 
clasping hands and giving hearty words of welcome. They 
behaved like boys just out of school. First Ministers 

" Hello i how are you?" 
Second Minister "Y«eli, how do 1 look?" 
First Minister "I'd hate to tell you in front of 
all these people I" 

The joshing and joking had already begun when the 
Frater s sat down for supper at their long table in the old 
Dining room. And the joking continued during the meal and 
afterwards as the ministers returned to the Bar room for 
more talk around the fireplace, 

Br, ICapp to Dr. Lalone: 8 fiave you picked up any new 

antiques lately?" 
Dr, Laionei "What do you mean, new antiques'?* 

Br„ Lalone expressed the sentiment of all when he 
explained why ne had said "Goodnight" to Mr, and Mrs, Purdy 
in the middle of the afternoon, *Iou see", he said, "I 
always lose all sense of time when I come r,o the Vayside Inn. R 
The Fraters were on time however, when Evening Devotions 
were announced at ten o* clock. The joking was put aside as 
the men filed into the old Kitchen and no laughter could be 
heard behind the closed door. 

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Week of January 25 - 31, 1943 inclusive 

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Honday, January 26, 194S Cold ana Fair 

Seventeen Fraters sat down to breakfast this morn- 
ing and three more arrived during the day. Dr. Leining blew 
in, having driven from New Hampshire, wearing a bright red cap. 
This drew forth many comments, complementary and otherwise, 
from the others having their after breakfast chat by the Bar 
room fixe. Last year Dr. 3each brought skates but this year 
he came with a pair of snow shoes on his back. It. Hoyt was 
very much pleased to have the driver of the Boston and Worces- 
ter bus recognize him and say, "This is the time of year you 
felloxra get together, isn't it?* 

Snowdrifts sparkling like diamonds, fringes of 
icicles gleaming in the sunlight inspired Hiss Ryan to bring her 
camera. In spite of temperatures hovering around aero she 
was able to get pictures of the Inn, the Kill, the Chapel snd 
the Gate House. Mr. Saint and BSr. Clarke helped her 'take the 
more difficult shots, We hope their efforts will be rewarded 
with success and she will have a record of this most unusual 
winter to show to her friends. 

Tuesday, January 27, 1948 Pleasant 

One of the traditions of the Retreat Is to have a 
group picture taken after the luncheon period on Tuesday. This 
year Dr. I'iske set up his camera in the old Bail room tmA tne 
men stood in double line in front of the fireplace there. This 
was a departure from the usual custom of posing just outside 
the house near the front door. The rest of the afternoon wls 
spent in a Quiet Period of an hour* s duration, walks e=nd talks 
and at four-thirty a formal meeting in the old Kitchen during 
which a paper was read by Frater Scott. 

Tiie Prior tliis year is fit. Robert Cummings, General 
Superintendent of the universalist Church of America who asked 
the Fraters to don their suit jackets this evening and appear 
in the Parlor at eight o* clock. Chairs were placed in semi- 
circle around the fire place and Mr. and Mrs. Purdy, Hiss 
aacKecbnie, ~ Miss Condon and Miss Staples joined the group. 




Weeii of January 25 - 31, 194S inclusive 

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Tuesday, January 27, 1948 (continued) 

Unfortunately Kiss Fisher was unable to attend due to a previous 
engagement and sh« was greatly missed as an accompianist for 
Dr. Harmon Gehr, the Ole Bull of the group who played his violin 
in a very accomplished manner. He stood where Longfellow pictured 
The Musician, "illumined by that fire of wood* and he played^ as 
Ole Bull would have done, some beloved and familiar classical 
selections. Alternating with the violin were readings of new and 
beautiful poems by Dr. Raymond Baugham whose face as he reaa, 
revealed a deeply spiritual character. His diction, emphasis 
and soft, smooth expression carried us again into the Parlor of 
Lyman Hove's Tavern where Mr. Longfillow saw The Poet "whose verse 
was tender, musical and terse." It was an evening of rare good 
fellowship and harmony of spirit which only these men who know and 
love the Inn so well can bring back into Longfellow's parlor. The 
history of this old Inn, the best part of it, will repeat itself 
as long as Universalist Fraters come - and go. 

Wednesday, January 28, 1948 Pleasant 

Xes, they are going this morning, but not until all 
these religious leaders have joined in a communion service. This 
was held at ten o* clock in the old kitchen with the plain, unadorned 
■board* in the center of the room serving as the communion table. 
Once the Fraters held their communion in the Martha-Mary Ch&pei, 
but partly because of the wintry weather and partly for sentimental 
reasons, they preferred the simplicity and warmth of the Zsb Kitchen. 
It has been the setting for most of their meetings ever since . 

All too soon the time of departure came and Frater after 
Frater shook hands with the hostesses &n& with fellow-f rater. The 
parting of these twenty men was not as jolly as had been the 
welcoming. Each and every one declared thi3 to be the best 
Retreat ever. This remark is of course toe same as is made year 
after year, but as time goes on it is said with greater loyalty and 
deeper appreciation, especially by those who have been coming over 
the longest period of years. And speaking of long-term Fraters, 
this year Rev. Fred Leining from Syracuse, !*e& lork and Rev. Dean 
Ellenwood from Woonsocket, Rhode Island were especially honored 
and proper recognition was made of their 25th Retreat year. With- 
out a doubt this was to them - and we daresay to all the rest, the 
best Retreat ever. 



Week of January 25-31, 194-8, inclusive 

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Thursday, January 29, 1943 Pleasant 

This bitterly cold morning with its tall snow 
banks and icy roads did not resemble the good old Summer 
time in any way until a bus load of school children arrived 
at the Inn and were eager to be shown through the house. 
They were sixth graders from the Hardy School in V?aitham. 
It took quite a while to unwrap their warm woolen clothing 
and after a tour of the house to put it ail back on again. 
Another bus drove up at noon time and deposited on our 
door-step a small grcup of Sweet Potato growing champions 
from South Carolina, These guests were boys of 'teen age 
belonging to 4 H Clubs and the prize for growing the b 
sweet potatoes was given by the A & P Tea Company. The 
prize consisted of an educational tour, part of which was 
spent in Boston with a side trip to the Wayside In. 
Luncheon was served and for the main course - well, is it 
necessary to tell what kind of potatoes the boys ate? 

Friday, January 30, 1943 Very Cold 

Dr. and Sirs. Veo who usually cose to the Inn on 
a Sunday afternoon, arrived for luncheon today and inquir 
about the possibilities of a sleigh— ride party. The hostess 
suggested the *wnip and Spur" 3tabies down the Post Roaa 
about three miles. Dr. Veo then called the stables and 
learned that a sleighing party could be arranged very nicely. 
Tnis, we expect, will take place in the near future followed 
by dinner at the Inn. 

Saturday, January 31, 1943 Pleasant 

It has stopped snowing for - at least a day - and 
we are getting back into the normal swing of things. Today 
a group of fourteen drove from Boston to enjoy luncheon served 
in the Old Kitchen. The open fire burned brightly and flickered 
merrily on the rows of pewter plates on the dresser. The red 
and white table cloth was used and a centerpiece was made of 
colorful gourds, pine cones and green boughs. 

Week of January 2j> - 31, 1948, inclusire 

Saturday, January 31 , 1946 (continued) 

This evening a wedding was held in *he Baxtha-S; 
Chapel followed by a reception at the Ir ■ A unique feature 
was the srrival of the newly wed*, Kr. and Mr^. Alfred I. 
in a tiny old-fashioned sleigh drawn bj a v,hxoe horse* The 
sleigh shuttled between the Chapel and the Inn carryix or 
three of the wedding guests each time. The grooip particular iy 
enjoyed this means of conveyance bacause he was born and brei 
up in the land of deep snow and sleighs - Switzerland . Re and 
his bride received their friends in front of one iirepiace in 
the large 3ali room and rafter shaking hands with one hundred 
and l\ienty-five guests the bride cut her towering wedding cake. 
The very i.op tier of the fruit oake which is usually kept by 
the bride 3 was made by her mother five years ago. 

Week of February 1-7, 194& inclusive 

Sunday, February I, 1948 toy C 

It was not with a great deal of regret that we bid 
goodbye to January. Be had secretly hoped for a decided 
change in the weather when the clock struck twelve last night i 
But this morning was again a bitter cold one , tho r pleasant t and 
the ground-hog will undoubtedly see his shadow tomorrow. Cars 
were stalled again this isorning and motorists were urged to keep 
off the highways . Many churches were closed, A couple of minor 
accidents were reported here* One guest told of slipping down 
and falling into a deep snow bank while Kiss Staples complained 
of a frost bitten finger. It is hoped that February will bring 
us a January thaw I 

Monday, February 2, 1948 Cold 

Vacation time for the hostesses is at hand and today 
Miss MacKechnie started on hers. She will be gone only a week 
and will take the rest of her time early in March. 

The snow banks around the Inn axe getting higher and 
higher with each snowfall. There is a ridge along the road in 
front of the Inn so high that it is impossible to see people 
waiting for the bus from the Bar room windows. Only the top 
of the bus itself appears as it rolls silently along. 

This high bank of snow has been a paradise for our 
pheasants, three hens ana a gorgeous male, as it enables them 
to reach very easily the berries still hanging on some bushes 
by the side of the road. le are feeding thtm too, with seed 
and fine crumbs. If startled they fly away and everyone is 
unhappy until they get back again. 


Week of February 1 -7, 1948 inclusive 
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Tuesday, February 3, 1948 Very Cold 

Echoes of the Universal 1st Retreat come floating in 
almost every day. The first is e letter from Dr. John van 
Schaick, one of the oldest of the Frtiters, both in age end in 
years of attendance, who was unable to be here Last week. 
was greatly missed and in his letter he speaks of *The kind 
Purdys down the line, Coulter, Estabrook, Agnes, Lo :• all 
the kind girls, Prior Cumndngs, Scribe Ets and ail the brothers** 
He ends by asking for a place at the table next year. 

Another note has come from Dr. Huntley, who says he 
is enthusiastically and permanently thankful (for the Retreat). 
An unusually choice memento was presented by Prater Wallace Fiske, 
This is a charming little concert program of the year 1876 when 
Ole Bull appeared at the old fiusic Hall in Boston, It was 
a coaplimentary musicale sponsored by such distinguished gentle- 
men as &enry- ft, Dongfellow and Oliver Kendall Holme:-. Ole Boil 9 a 
picture appears on the cover of the program and the musical 
selections are printed on a piece of white satin. On the back 
cover is a quotation from the Tales of ■ l&yside Inn, 

Wednesday, February A, 1948 Sao* 

At about eleven o'clock this morning it began snowing 
again with the thermometer registering two degrees above zero. 
It was a very fine snow and although it lasted all day and infco 
the night there were only about tv<o or three inches on the ground. 

Dr. Scott, one of the Fraters who lives Sfi vraltham, 
came to lunch with his wife and her mother, Mrs, Slaughter, They 
had hesitated about coming as Mrs. Slaughter is from Alabama and 
not used to so much cold and snow. After lunch and a tour 
through the hou3e, however, they said they were very glad they had 
made the effort. 

Beginning the first of February, Dr. Scott is broad- 
casting every Sunday morning over Station WLAW at eight o'clock. 
These broadcasts which continue through March have different sub- 
headings but Dr. Scott 1 s main topic is ^Religion Can Make Sense.* 

of February 1-7, 1948 inclusive 
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Thursday, February 5, 194S Pleasant 

Hiss McXechnie is taking one week of her vacation 
this week and hoped before she left to finish the bag-drawer 
of the sewing table which she has been working on for some 
time. This is a square silk bag attached to the lower draper 
of the sewing table in the Lafayette room. Originally it had 
a shirred, blue silk bag which, with age, practically rotted 
away and fell apart. Mr, Saint shopped around and picked up 
some blue material similar ia color to the old and Miss 
HacKechnie has fitted it carefully on to the mahogany frame. 
She did not however, have time to complete the job and we look 
forward to her return when we shall see our sewirsg bftfe 
new and also see our seamstress, flower-arranger aud host* 
again i 

Friday, February 6, 1948 Pleasant 

Mrs. Colby came over from the old Walker house on 
Peakhaa road to have luncheon today with Mrs. Purdy. Both 
were sitting in the Bar room when our guests from South 
America arrived. They were a family of eight, Mother and 
father and six children. *Iou see, the children have vaca- 
tion and we bring them to see sights" explained Mrs. Naveira 
who was enthusiastic about the Inn and her trip to Boston. 
Mrs. Colby was intrigued with the bright gay clothes the girls 
of the family were wearing and thought the beautiful coir 
were typically South American - and so they were,. Eight 
Naveiras registered on eight lines of our guest book and 
Buenos Aires, Argentina was written eight times I 

Week of February 1-7, 1943 inclusive 

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Saturday, February 7, 1948 Cold 

Every room in the Inn was rentea last night 
including Parsons and Lor. gf eilov: , for the V. right - Butler 
"Bedding ?*hich took place today. At about 10:30 the bridal 
party departed for Horthborough where the wedding ceremony 
took place. Later eighty guests sat down in the large 
Dining Room to a Roast Beef dinner* The long bride's 
table looked very festive with its tv/o~tiered wedding oak* 
and vases of pink and white e ,;ons. 

A four-piece orchestra furnished music for 
dancing after dinner. 

The briui-1 couple have just purchased • XatH 
early 16 th Century house in Sutton, Massachusetts, ricturee 
of it were passed around for ail to admire. It has 
evidently been restored with excellent taste and being 
completely furnished will make a perfect home vnere Dr. and 
Mrs. Butler can start their married life. 

Week of February 8 - 1A, 1948" inclusive 

Sunday, February 8, 194# Gold 

The air was filled with sparkling snowilakes today 
but it was not snowing. A very high wind blew the loose snow 
from the tops of snowdrifts and out of the low fields, keep- 
ing it up in the air so that it had the effect of a blizssard 
although the sun was shining. The ice melted in some places 
but the temperature did not go above freezing, 

Russell Spetz who used to attend the Wayside Inn 
Boys School came with friends and showed them through the Inn. 

Mrs. Fiske came for dinner and one of her guests 
recalled coming to the Inn in a sleigh from Boston. Although 
it is twenty miles each way she said it didn't, ftea long as 
the young people laughed and sang and then had a good time 
dancing in the old Ball Room. 

Quite a few Swedish people come to the Inn and 
several we noticed today, who could not speak English, 
registered from Stockholm. 

Monday, February 9, 1948 Cold 

It is still very cold but the sun is out and no 
snow is predicted for today. 

Mr. Thomas came again to lunch bringing two more 
business friends. 

In the evening a group of about seventy iiigh 
School boys and girls from Waltham came for a turkey dinner 
followed by dancing in the large Ballroom. The same grt^ 
came last year. 

It was good to have Barbara Eaton back again to 
help us today. Speaking of former hostesses, Ann Bradshaw 
Maker and her husband paid us a visit Saturday night. They 
came to call and also to sign the Brides* Book which was 
forgotten in the excitement of their wedding last October. 
They brought a picture in response to the letter we sent 
recently to all the Brides whose pictures we did not have. 



Week of February 3 - H? 1948 inclusive 

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Tuesday, February 10, 194& Cold 

During the summer months, the Gray Lirr. is 
an every day occurence here at the Inn out to have one in 
the winter is quite a rare occasion. Nevertheless, t. 
Gray Line Company called today and informed as fcbgy rere 
bringing about, forty guests for lunch. A chicken pie 
luncheon was served in the old Dining f .s Inn and 
when leaving our guests remarked ; Ml one best meal 
we have had on our ten day It was i 
flavored, hot and well served." Our gueous were apple 
growers from Wayne County in New ibrk State and for many 
of thea this was their first visit to the inn. 

Wednesday, February 11, 1948 Cold 

Last Hight vas very cold but during the day 
became warmer and towards night we were in the mids i 
another snowstorm. 

Mrs. Stone brought in a clipping today from 
Sunday Post, It shoY/s a good-sized picture of Rev, Richard- 
son who has just been here as a house guest and vdio lias been 
coming here for many years. Under the picture is the caption, 
"Rev, Richardson of Bedford, whose great-grandfather got 
Lincoln to write an autobiography Vi The original hand 
written Manuscript is not/ on permanent esitibitlon in the 
Library of Congress in Washington along with two other documents <, 
the Gettysburg Address and the Inaugural Address. The article 
says the Richardson family voxed long ago never to let the 
precious manuscript fall into the vrrong hands although at one 
time |100,000,00 nag offered for it. Rev. Richardson's great- 
grandf ather, Jesse Fell, was apt I friend of Lincoln, arid 
insisted that, the autobiography be written as up to tha'.< time 
little was known about the "log splitter," 

the misnm inn 

leek of February 8 - H, 194S inclusive 
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Thursday, February 12, 1948 Sunny 

Hie weather up to now has been a boring subject. 
"So many inches of snow fell last .-light" has a too familiar 
ring. Bui today came a change which is worthy o * The 
thermometer actually rose to thirty- six degrees which see» 
almost like simmer heat in contrast: ha the zero ana sub-aero 
temperatures of the past two mont, 

Barbara Eaton's mother arid three aunts gave a party 
tonight for her grandmother* s birthday. The famous carnations 
grown by the Eaton Greenhouses in Sudbury, decora tec ie. 
When it was time for dessert a huge heart- cake with one 
large candle was brought in. 

Tiie Staawoods also came to dinner again bringing 
their lovely hand-aade jewelry to show to Mrs. Purty. Mr. 
St&nwood told us quite a bit about tiiis hobby of theirs. 
It seems he collects minerals, oelongs to a mineral club and 
whenever he and Mrs, Stanwood go off on a r it is to hunt 
for minerals mostly in New England. They have a large collec- 
tion of rose quarts, beryl (aqua-marine to us),. top&z y garnets 
etc. He got interested in cutting and polishing the finest 
of the crystals and this gave him the Iff— of setting them in 
silver. Their ambition is to use gold but their teacher iaf 
them they are not quite ready for the sore expensive metal. 

This being Lincoln's birthday; perhaps questions 
from his aut-obiograpliy, fWtttioaed in the diary a day or two 
ago, might be appropriate. Lincoln wrote quickly as follows 
on a piece of rough foolscaps "I was born , ry 12th, 
1809 in Kentucky — ■ Mr parents were both born in Virginia 
of undistinquished families, s*econd famiiier, perhaps I should 
say — ■ My mother died in my tenth year M rrial grand- 
father, Abraham Lincoln, was killed [ ;-.ians, not in battle, 
but by stealth when he was laboring to open ■ farm in the 

Week of February 8 - 14, 1948 inclusive 
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Friday, February 13, 1948 Freezing 

Friday the 13th, a supposedly unlucky day for some, 
went un-noticed b£ the Inn. The v/eather, however, was 
unfavorable for heavy sno?/:' -I in :. . ' and 
later changed to sleet and firm rain. This made c: 
very hazardous but, nevertheless, a group of fourteen meet 
from Bab son Institute braved the storm and drove to the Inn 
for an Old Kitchen Dinner. 

Early this morning everyone at the Inn en jo- 
watching the blue jays, 09PM d five phea:-. 
as they scar. flew about the I bird 
seed or a stray crumb of brea . ]±y interest- 
in the five pheasants, who have been seen eftC ••.. Inn. 
There are four hens and a cock pheasant who seem t. si 
together., The hens can be seen < the Jim 
but the "cock", who is more daring, strikes out alone ft! 
been seen on several occasions at "Calvin Ifews* lei^urily eat- 
ing berriss, while the four hens wait at the Inn for him bo 

Saturday, February 14? 1948 Rain - TS'araer 

The first break in the cold weather came today when 
the temperature rose to forty degrees. Both ''Benny" and "Sac* 
could be seen pushing the snow and ice from the roof of the Inn. 

This being St. Valentine'. - several parties 
«ere held at the Inn. Evening alio brought a ?i ce, 

held in the large Ballroom. About sixty couples fron . ber 

For the past tv;o or three days, ales R& -he 
Bar have been quite interested in a book entitled * Decorating 
Country Tin* which was loaned to us by 2rs. I- : ra 

Week of February 15 - 21, 1948 

Sunday, February 15, 194B V e ry Cold 

3ixb:ira Eaton, our Summer time hostess, baa --en 
mentioned in the Diary several times lately. Today, however, 
it ww she again who made news for the Diary. Barbara 
appeared around noon time looking very beautiful in a blue 
ski jacket with matching hood ...... fringe of blond faaJa 

framing her pink chseks. In her urns she carrier a large 
bouquet of pink carnation.:. To American Carnation Society 
li having a shov< in Boston thi3 Wit ud fa's fattier 

i3 one of the exhibitor r.. The carnations, presented to the 
Inn as a kind of reminder of the show, are decorating a tab 
in the Bar room. Another bouquet has been placed in the Parlor 
under Longfellow's picture. 

Monday, February 16, 1948 Very Cold 

Ir. tile current issue ..ews" pul by 

employees of the Somerville Ford Plant, a picture i3 shown 
of the company's bowling team. Sitting e cent-, 

the front row is one of our Wayside boys, John Milan, i 
graduated fro™ the Baj si -of about tea ,_o. J: 

has made good in his work and has a fine family of four 
children. Once in a while he comes in on a Sunday afternoon 
proudly introducing the newest arrival and shoeing his 
pretty wife sobs of his former haunts when a school ooy. 

Tuesday, Jtebru-ry 17, 194* KW 

A plea-ant young man who gave his name as Mr. 
Greaves ordered dinner this evening, then informed us that 
he, too, is in the "eating "business. H y ~>&i£ that his 
family v;ere the owners of the old Oyster House ia Beaton* 
In fact there are aow three rastauraats operating under 
that name. The first one, in the Fanuel Hall Market 
district is toe really old ao& famous one. 2na ottier 
two are raore recent branches. Glance through the large 
front window of the original Gysoex- House and you will see 
plenty of oysters being fried or stewed or just eaten raw. 
The stair 3 are narrow as you climb to the second floor and 
wander through the large old rooms to find a table* Here 
you can order all kinds of sea food. Famous people if. 

Week of February 15 - 21, 1948 
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Tuesday, February 17, 1945 (continued) 

over the florid have come to Boston to eat lobster and have 
eaten it at the old Oyster House, Mr. Greaves said tonight, 
however, tha« many of the traditions for ■ Ba is 

famous have had to bo abolished Cue to present fire lr; 
and other restaurant requirements. 

Wednesday, February 18* 1948 Pleasant 

Our friends tlie Staawoods, who come to dr'nner once 
or tv.iee a week, came this evening and brought several 
samples of the tlllllllflll sterling silver jewelry that both 
are making, ^r. and %>#« 3tanwood attend classes in Boston, 
then perfect these lovely designs in their spare time at home. 

This evening's dinner guests also included trie 
Rev. George ^untley and Rev. Spencer. Dr. Huntley is one 
of the twenty "Frators" who spend several daya at, the ; 
each winter. KMt oJ the Orators 1 lire some distance from 

the Inn, but Or. Huntley lives in Ccjabridge and frequently 
drops in to see us. However, one is more likely to see him 
in the Spring > as he is especially fond of wild flo> id 
takes long walks to sea ham many species be a. a: find. 

Thursday, February 19, 1943 KtiC& or 

Mrs. Stanley Lane dropped in for luncheon today 
with two friends and she chatted with gs -ut 

relief work for destitute people in foreign com. tries. Much 
of her time is spent at the Church Service Center sua the 
English Speaking Union. The former is a repository for all 
sorts of helpful things to be sent overseas and recently a 
"save a 3hawi n campaign MM started. ifreJUaoi said that v.ord 
came on a Friday that 1*000 shawls must be ready to be flows 
overseas on the following ledaegfejr, a week before Christmas. 
She aad several other mhb %orksu like fc e aa rerg OB Saturday, 
They sorted and packed exactly ten hundred shawls, Tr . 
were picked up by truck on Sunday ^id reached Sew fork in 
fc&M fee departure on the good-will plane, if ter luncheon, 
Mrs, Lane asked if we could supply her with any old candle 
stubs. Tnese 3he melts and then pours the taxiow around a j, 

wick in the center of a coffee can. Eundxes J2f_j2££pl«--d» *\A^ 

Europe use these as their only means of light and heat, 
said Krs. Lane. 

«eek of February 15-21, 1943 
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Friday, February 20, 194-8 tew 

today, the pupils fror the Wary Lainb School 
enfoyed their weekly dancing lessen fa the large Ball roc~n 
of the Inn. .As Kiss Fisher is taking a two week's -vacation 
fro?, her duties at the Inn, Vr„ Rayne? furnished the pianist 
for today's dancing lesson, 

I^ter in the week, Mrs. Bennett, our teacher at 
the Sffary Larsb School «U1 also be on va- . so she end 

Miss Fisher plan to ?eet and spend a few days together in 
New lork City. 

Saturday, February 21, 194£ Pleasant 

This afternoon, the Harth?-llary Chapel became the 
scene of a small wedding, followed by s reception for about 
fifty-fire people, held in the nail Ball rcow of the Inn. 

The bride wore ft dark pink suit \ ;nk 

accessories and orchid corsage. She looked very lovely as 
she cut her huge snowy white wedding cake, which was set off 
by white tapers and two bouquets of yellow jonquils. 

Three parties of sixteen ease to the Inn for dinner 
this evening, fill, were students from Vvellesley College with 
their escorts. The young lsdies wore very showy evening 
gowns and made quite a colorful picture in the Fining Room. 
One table of sixteen was appropriately decorated with red, 
white end blue favors to eojnraeEcrat*; % - »a*e Birthday. 


week of February 22 - i.8, 1948 inclusive 

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Sunday, February 22, 1946 Pleasant, 

This holiday meek-end has f Iliad the 

activity and a spirit of gaiety. Fay School and I 
College have both been celebrating with a aid-winter 
Carnivt-i. Fay, a school for boys eight to ten years old, 
featured a play and dance and Winter sports for their visit- 
ing parents, while /-ellesley girls chose a Snow-King and 
honored him with a large fonaal Ball. The King, we under sU 
was a handsome Princeton student. Unfortunately, he did not 
come to the Inn but we saw many a girL$ v.ith her very own 
snow ki Other holiday guests came from a land of carnivals 
and festivity, South America. They were introduced as two 
newspaper women. 

Monday, February 23, 1948 Plea;-. 

The week— end guests are leaving for their homes 
and will return when the grass is green and birds are singing 
in the tree 3 - so they say. It is difficult to imagine lb 
the grass will ever be green again as we say good-bye to Mrs. 
Gilaore. 3 is wearing a wans dark blue ski suit with high 
aheep-lined boots and carrying a heavy wool blanket for extra 
protection on her long day*s ride to Long Island. Sir and 
Mrs Whitlock and their Johnny are bo-jeid for New Canaan, 
Connecticut. They are well fortified with a hearty - 
which included pan cakes and maple syrup. Mr. H .-?ho 
is connected with General Foods in Hew Sork, Uked them (the 
es) so well he a3ked for the receipe. This he will 
? to the head cook in the linimrn't Foods Kitchen "the very 
first thing tomorrow isoming 1 * he said. 


Week of February 22-28, 1948 inclusive 

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Tuesday, February 24, 1948 Pleasant 

"Speaking of Animals* 

We speak about the many people who visit the 
Inn, but never about our canine friends, who, although 
they almost never come inside the Inn, are nevertheless 
here, either in a car or merely left out side „ 

le very often look out the window and see a 
beautiful thoroughbred collie, a great Pyrenee or cocker 
spaniel waiting patiently for his master to return. 

Today, four ladies came to tea and brought with 
them their silver- gray French Poodle who, being a perfect 
lady, crossed her front paws, bowed to her master and 
waited outside until the ladies finished their 'feu. $hen 
our guests returned, the poodle wagged her short curly 
tail and Mr?-. Hughes explained B she knows she is going 
for a ride now." 

Wednesday, February 25, 1948 warmer 

Dr* Hatch, who is staying here a few days with 
Mrs. Hatch, entertained us this evening with stories 
his quest for antiques. In particular, Dr. Hatch is 
seeking pink lustre china. This he lias found not only 
in "out of the way" places in America, but also in England. 
He told of visiting Shakespear's home at 3tratford-on-Avon 
and of seeing some pink lustre in a shop near therto Later 
he stepped into the Caledonia Market in London and found 
some rare pieces of lustre decorated, not with the usual 
floral pattern, but with a roral farm house scsl This lie 
purchased sad brought over to his home in Melrose, Mass. 
Another antique^ of which he is very proud .was described by 
Dr. Hatch as a rare, heavily carved four-poster bed. Mr. and 
Mrs. Hatch bought this in Central America when on their 
honeymoon and paid only fifteen dollars for it. "Vie were 
green-horns then 8 said the doctor. 

Week of February 22-28, 1948 inclusive 
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Thursday, February 26, 1948 ^ara* 

Gail Kane's birthday was celebrated here today wir 
children's party consisting of six girls and one boy. Gail 
was twelve years old and among the friends who brought best 
wishes to Gail was Rosemary Gronino She is the daughter of 
Francis J. Gronia a well known organist who is heard on a local 
radio station every morning. Rosemary is musical too and 
Bight have played on the spinet, but preferred to tag along 
with her hostess and the others as they ran down to see the 
Wary Lamb School. 

Friday, February 27, 1948 

Thi3 afternoon the Inn welcomed Srs. Stuart 
Hoppin. Mrs. Hoppin is the former Miss Muriel de Bille and 
for many years a hostess here at che Inn. Mre. Hoppin 
bought friends from Caliiornit aod tooK them on a personally 
guided tour through the Inn. 

Mr. and firs. Warrick came to dinner this evening and 
soon decided to stay overnight. Mrs. derrick explained that 
they had not been to the Inn for thirty- three years and as ».' 
was their anniversary thought, it nice to spend Hut night term 
once again. 

Saturday, February 28, 1943 Snow 

We have enjoyed a week of pleasant weather but today 
the snow is falling again and about five inches is expected 
this time. 

Overnight guests, Br. and Mrs. Hatch, who have been 
at the Inn for several days, spend much of their time taking 
long walks. Hhey made a short visit at Miss Staples* homo 
and hearing about Mrs. John Colby's charming little home, also 
stopped in to pay their respects to Mrs. Colby. 

Mrs Crocker, a frequent Luncheon guest, came to 
lunch for the second time this wees. Mrs. Crocker loves the 
snow and very often makes the trip from Boston especially to 
see the snow-covered countryside. 

Week of February 29 - March 6, 1948 inclusive 

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Sunday, February 29, 1948 Cloudy 

A family party numbering thirteen and consisting 
of all ages from grandmother down to high chair size, en- 
joyed the use of our old dining room this noon. A lovely 
floral center piece of purple iris and yellow jonquils gave 
the table a festive touch and the suggestion that Spring 
might be just around the corner,, 

Mr. Hamilton completed his visit today and returned 
on an afternoon train to Dearborn, 

Monday, March 1, 1948 Cloudy 

We feel like giving three cheers and waving the - 
curtain! At long last ?.e have been able to purchase some 
single line dimity with which to make new curtains, Years 
have passed since the original purchase of the precious 
material. Then came the war wad old curtains had tc 
mended, extra long ones *ere cut down to fit smaller windows 
and in the third floor rooms a coarse, stretchy, »ar time 
curtain material had to be substitute U Now> however, 
Jordan Marsh Company has been able to find some new bolts of 
our old material. A former housekeeper, who now lives in 
Hudson, is waiting with needle and thread to cut and fold and 
stitch and it wont be long before all of our window curtains 
will be fresh and whole i 

Tuesday, March 2, 1948 Snow 

Old Man Winter, who has been sending us one snow 
storm after another, put in an appearence again today and 
brought with him eight more inches of snow. This was a 
storm which lasted all day long, blocking roads and blinding 
motorist:. The driver of the large chartered bus which 
brought nineteen women to the Inn for luncheon was glad to 
get here safely as were his passengers. They immediately 
flocked into the Bar room where a bright fire on the hearth 
awaited them, glowing and crackling a %arm welcome „ And 
it needed to be especially warm. Our gu»ats mere from the 
South and unused to New England winter weather. 

Week of February 29 - March 6, 1948 inclusive 

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Tuesday, March 2, 1948 (continued) 

They were eager to see New England* 3 historic shrii . .wever, 
and insisted on going over the house before eating. After 
luncheon they braved the storm again and returned to Boston 
where their doctor-husbands are holding a convention. 

Wednesday, March 3, 1948 Pleasant 

A very high wind caused the snow storm away, then 
blev: some extremely cola air into its path. Temper c tures 
tonight were near zero. Miss MacKechnie will wear her 
fur coat and matching fur hat when she boards the train for 
New lork tomorrow. Barbara fcaton will al::o bundle up in a 
fur coat. The t*o are travelling to the big city together 
where they will spend part of Miss SfacKechnie * s vacation. 
New lork was the vacation spot for Mie^ Fisher too. t 
returns tomorrow after a two week f s rest. 

Thursday, March 4, 1948 Pleasant 

Of all the interesting tilings in the house, the 
pewter is spoken about the most frequently. "How it shines!" 
"What do you clean it with?" "Mine never looks like that,]" 

And the pewter piece that ta mentioned the most 
often is probably the caaphene r&ading lamp back of the Bar. 
It is very curious and has to be explained to almost everyone. 
It has tro Lenses to magnify the light and two tall slender 
wicks each with its little extinguisher hanging to it by 
wmtu a short chain. Our book on (colonial Lighting by 

Hayward gives the information r /nat *ieks were so much longer 
in the ctuaphene lamp than in the —flier whale oil lamp 
because camohene war ■ explosive and c,he ilame was not 
so near th>. all font, Jnuffers were necessary, as blowing 
out the light, the usual method £8 the e-haie oil lamp, was 
much to o dangerou l ■ 

This book is most interesting -and tells ail about 
lighting devices going back to the very earliest times. 

of February £9 - March 6, 1943 inclusive 

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Friday, March 5, 194* Pleasant 

Promptly at hall' past one today Mrs. Bennett arrived 
with her "Mary Lambs" for dancing class. After removing 
their snow suits, rubbers, coats and so forth the children 
walked sedately by twos into the large Ball Room. Mrs. Purdy, 
who hardly ever fails to attend a class, was there waiting 
for the dancing to begin. Sometimes she takes part *hen there 
is a girl absent to make the square complete. A new Quadrille 
is being taught, called vSolomon Levi, which the children like 
very much. Their favorite, however, is the Grand March. 

Saturday, March 6, 1948 Fair 

The severe winter ana baa driving conditions have 
prevented the 3owkers from coming as often as usual. But 
tonight they ventured to drive down and have dinner. Mrs. 
Bowker, besides hooking beautiful rugs, is an expert knitter 
and tonight after dinner the conversation was mostly about 
knitting. She always has some neve thing that she is working 
on and this time she told us about a fluffy dusting mit made 
^ of cotton rug yarn. According to her it is very easy to make 
fp « and she has made several. One of the hostesses brought in < 
^"^ -af gabs , which she had made some time ago^and then Flora, one of 
the waitresses, showed the group some Argyle socks that she 
had just finished. She brought them down to the Inn for 
everyone to adaire 7 her first attempt at this difficult pattern. 

C Mrs. Bovker makes these too, and quite an argument arose as 
y>pv to dif t erenX Be-fc^a- and color combinations. Miile the women 
/a chatted^ Mr. Bowker sat in a quiet comer of the Bar room with 
f» the evening paper. 

WE waisidb ms 

of March 7-13, 1948, inclusive 

Sunday, March 7, 1948 Stormy 

The weather is popular, not in the sense jf being 
pleasant and agreeable, but as a topic of conversation, 
Mr, and Sirs. Apple ton braved the dangers of driving over 
ley roads from Worcester and enjoyed their Sunday dinner in 
front of the fire place in the old dining room. Several 
sight-seers appeared during the afternoon, among them one of 
the advertizing men for the magazine "House Beautiful". All 
our guests were off and away, however, as soon as it was dark. 
Ho one wanted to be very far away from home if the predicted 
snow storm came. All day long it threatened with first a few 
snow flakes, then some rain drops and finally a mixture of both. 

Monday, March 8, 1948 Warmer 

Five men came in this afternoon in high spirits 
and paid their thirty cents a piece to see the house. They 
looked like successful business men but were heard to say 
that they were students and really should not have to pay 
the admission fee. As they were watering tnrough the rooms 
upstairs another group of five came in and made quite a 
joke about, paying the admission. It was later learned that 
they really were students at the Harvard Business School and 
had come from all parts of the country to take a very inten- 
sive course on business methods. 

The tamarack or larch tree over by the barn often 
attracts attention by its behaviour which is quits different 
frou other pine trees. Today *s Herald has an editor!' |3 
entitled Hacmatac. This is its "folklore* na&e. The 
article continues "The stubby pointed needles turn a pale 
golden yellow in late sutuau. The summer foliage is bright 

- green; the B*ed bearing flowers are a beautiful d- 
red. It is the odd member of the conifer family but it has 
e poignant appeal of its own." 

the wayside bjh 

Week of March 7-13, 1943, inclusive 
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Tuesday, March 9, 194ft Very Pleasant 

Among luncheon guests toddy was a kindly old geatl • 
man recently retired from the firm of Shreve, Crump and Low iri 
Boston. Re was in the silver department for forty fttUTf - 
knew his metals and also a good deal about antiques in general. 
He said our old pewter was of varying grades, some goo 
some not so good. The latter would contain more lead, he 
said. Lead was the basic metal for pewter and its content 
was from &d$ to 3756. The remaining per e was com] 
of tin and antimony. Antimony was used for har in 

gave pewter its silver-like appearance, Mr. Fowler continued 
with a good deal of information about tin. Bo*t of it comes 
from China, but there are tin mines in Utah and levada. At 
the time of the war, tin sold for £100.00 a t. La. 
Mrs. Fowler was ge measy and wanted to be on her way, 

r. Fooler left with a farewell promise to come again and 
tell U 'nova* 

Wednesday, March 10, 194& Rain 

Kr. Coulter's cheery whists ~i be heard across 
the Loll where he is putting a coat of fresh paint on the 
Parlor woodwork. It has seemed as if the Parlor was already 
as white as white could be, but after a stroke of Mr. 
Coulter's brash there is a pleasing difference! 

The number of guests to be served in a day, is 

as unpredictable as the weather. Today being stormy, the 
number of gue^L /eased while yesterday being f£ it, 

the number decreased! 


Week of March 7-13, 1948, inclusive 

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Thursday, March 11, 1948 Snow 

. "irsship and &r. Wohlbacb of Sudbury enter- 
ixxed two other ladies at tea thin aJftcrttOOa. Although 
nts snowing hard when they arrived they &aid it Fas 
just the day to coiae for U*a. A.. * . i ..waving about 
duel. opened the door on ths whirling snowflakes one 
of t&e ^.rcup I - lamplight pretty 

P irdj and fcwo guests braved the 
stora and came to have dinner. Later in the evening 
Benny came in, &;; I£r. ?urdy said "Reporting for duty". 
He fill be running the snowplow probably all night as 
froa six to sight inches of snow have been predicted. 

Friday, March 12, 194$ Fair and cold 

Dancing class was held this afternoon for 
pupils of the Mary Lamb School. Following the class, 
the new school bus arrived to take the children to their 
respective homes. Our new bus is bright yellow on the 
outside with buff colored seat covers. It is much 
eaalier than the 1 U and just comfortably holds 
the driver, the children and their teacher, Mrs. Bennett, 

Two Sudbury peop-^, namely Mrs. Thornton, and 
her »«a CharleSyCaiae to the Inn for dinner thi3 evening, 
Waato leaving, Itrs, ..-on explained "it's so much 
nicer to go to a pleasant place for dinner than to think 
of cooking a big dinner at night when I come from the office." 

Week of March 7-13, 19-4.8, inclusive 

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Saturday, M»rch 1?, 1943 Sunny 

fbtl beautiful sunny day, witn a slight touch 
of spring in the air, brought Mrs. ? otter to tne Inn for 

achecm. Snr- too felt the coning of Sprint for she 
remarked "Look, this is the first time thil winter I have 
ventured out without the aid of jay cane. 1 * 

The Inn has • new friend. He is Mr. Tucker 
from New lork City. ace to*. Tucker* s son has just 
entered the Pwy Schoc] f - t in touthboro , Mmi9+ t \ 
**-. Tucker cod his son have visited the Inn ouite fre- 
quently this winter. 

Both s,eeaed extremely happy todyy. The reason 
said Mr. Tucker > is that this is the first tiae I have 
cose to Sassachusetts and found the sun shining. Every 
isit has been made in a howling blizzard. vN 

of larch 14 - *0, 1942 inclusive 
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Sunday, March 14, 194£ Harm - Sunny 

The morw springlike weather brought quite a few 
dinner guests as well as nore sightswers. A MMtU fan:, 
party of five were M : . the 50th Wedding *UAni<rer;_- 
of fir, end Mr 8. Bliss. It was a jolly group and Sr- 
Bliss proudiy wore a lovely purple orcl . it was aer 
birchday as well. 

The Reeds j who have just recently moved to 
Sudbury, sad* ano-. sally party. Grandw:; ^aer informed 
us o&at Hancy was already booiced for the Mary Lazo Sch. 
«iiich she will attend as soon as she is old enough. I 
grea&fether :~nc us his verrion of "Mary I Lamb* 

(»au oougfcs. tne oock about Mary and presented it to Nancy. 

Mr. Ross of the Fora Motor Company In Soserville 
brought four men to dinner. They are all attending uie 
Harvard Business School. 

Monday, March 1$, 1948 

Ie3terday»s Herald contains a review of the 
book just publLisnea written by Til Him Richards cf le ,roit. 
The title is "The Last 3illionaire" and since LI - Bttt 
fi r, lord we are ail very anxious to rea; 

In the warmth of the last- few days the -now has 
been shrinking slowly away f roa places ave mi 
covered since before Christmas. And today n 
was revealed at its very edge, its lAztle white blossom 
hanging between t«-o green leaves. It mi 
see :-ose thing green at last,, fir, Coui watch . 

tha icular spot since the ministers were here in 
January and so was che first to . . ar this harbinger 
spri. Sreryone was called to se*. 
out to all the guests with great 

Week of Harch H - 20, 1948 inclusive 

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Tuesday, March 16, 194B .in 

Luncheon - and the Inn welcomed Mr. Svsrre S 
of Oslo, Norway, a chemical engineer, who is assoeiaU 
with the Norwegian Instil; * of Public Health. 

Mr. Stene, who seemed very much iapreesed with 
the furnish ings of the Inn, spoke especially of the picture 
of his countryman Ole Bull which hangs in the ;r. 

The corn sheller in the hall al 
Stene, for he explained, "In ray country they make very nice 

tfrs of hollowed, out lege but I have nevei t&m them u 
in this manner before. 1 ' 

Wednesday, Harch 17, 19- Pleasant 

The melting snov v.d ice htve caused the Calvin 
how Pond to overflow at the dam. hit^ie Mop Brook is 
big river rushing and r~- to thj 

foot bridge in the Baad*>i which the use hi summer. 

Our roadway is so soft that the iron gates had to be 
closed until the road dries out again. Over by Josephine 
Pond the ro<. e the ttfcfcl w . j- 

ing through in the low spots. No serious floods are pre- 
dicted, however. 

Hi; -echnie and Marion fl&v/kins W a a 

hunt for pussy ulllwn i .re out ia 

cannot be reached without a boat or at least rubber boots. 
They returned with a few and these are spring 

like touch to the roo: 

Kr. Morrison fror omerviiif, brou^ 

two men frost Detroit to §oi 12m They ere roia 

the Ford scoter Company and after dinner they spent a good 
deal of time looking through the rooms, fbay each bought 
a Chaiaberlain hook* One of then said "This wiLi prove to 
my young son that I have actually been here." 

Week of March 14 - 20, 1948 inclusive 

Thursday, March 18, 1948 Pleasant 

We remembered the tall grey- haired man and his 
courteous manner, but the circumstances surrounding his Ifl 
visit to tlie Inn were forgotten until he reminded us of 
the spider web chandelier. Then we remembered that sometime 
ago Mr. I»eMay a.sked if he might copy our wrought iron can. 
holder for his house in Heft Hampshire. Today Mr. LoMay 
told hf his success in making the copy and ho* pleased he 
would be to see it hanging in his old house- The house is 
still in the restoration stage, but it is one of Ves Hamp- 
shire's finest houses of the early eighteenth centu, is 
located id the town of Amherst. Sir. LeSay presented his 
card which reveals the fact that he is a representative of 
the American Hardware Corporation - and it ic safe to assume 
has a. deep appreciation of early iron pieces such as the 

Friday, March 19, 1948 Rain and Warmer 

We miss the sure and steady tick of the Bar-room 
clock, for it lias been sent to Holliston, Bastftcfotuwtts to 
be cleaned and repaired. Mr. LiacoPber assured us it 
would be back in a few days and that expert care would be 

ob of it. 

Today Mr. Spencer saw his first robin of the 
season and also a red— v»ing black bird. 'tie certainly do 
welcome the sight of spring. 

The roads are clear now and many of our regular 
guests are back with us. Mrs-. Hancock and son Stamp came 
for dinner tnis evening. Jimmy who has he&a te: 
»Mary Lamb Book n for quite some time, finally persuaded his 
mother to purchase one. 

Mr. he Sourd, and party of seven, came for dinner 
this eveni. Mr. Le Sourd, a frequent guest at the Jao 
always takes his guests on a personally con&ucted tour 
through the various rooms. His guests were especially 
interested in the candle device which /tangs in the Bar room, 
so Mr. Le Sourd remarked "Oh, that is where the saying 
^lou cant burn the candle on both ends originateu. ■ 

Week of March 14 - 20, J.%8 

Saturday, Harch 20, i94& Pleas.. 

Dressed in tweeds acid collegiate sweaters, two 
nice -appearing young men asked to see the house this after- 
noon. "We're from VJest Point" they said "and wont to do 
Net: England during our vacation. ¥*e may never have a chanc. 
to see these old things again." The Paul Revere prints 
shoeing Revolutionary activities were thoroughly examined ti 
were the old pipe tongs and flint lock musket. The mechanism 
of the clock jack also appealed to these youths^who carried 
themselves straight as ram rods and with a dignity befitting 
their position in life. Or the position they are about to 
assume In June they will graduate a3 second-lieutenants 
in tiie Army* M Ies w they sighed w we have to start at rook 
bottom". Their idea of rock bottom and our idea of the 
same differed considerably as we thought of the buck priv> 
and his less glamorous station. However, the boys were good 
sports and went merrily on their way to Concord where they 
expectca bo B%ay overnight. Before leaving they addressed 
descriptive booklets to their parents. "I just wrote mother 
asking for some money" one of the youths explained - B so 
now I will send this along go put her in a better mood, if 
possible! n 

Week of March 21-27, 1948 inclusive 

Sunday, March 21, 1943 Cloudy and Rain 

Three people surprised the household early this 
morning by arriving in time for Breakfast and announcing 
that they had come all the way from Seattle, Washington. 
They bought a car in Detroit and are touring New England 
for the first time. 

In spite of a continuous drizzle during the day, 
over a hundred came for dinner and many old friends stopped 
to chat about the Winter months when they were confined to 
their own homes. All were glad to be out again and promised 
to see us more frequently providing Old Man Winter does 
not return. 

Monday, March 22, 1948 Pleasant 

Since idle snowdrops have been out for some time, 
we thought that our crocuses might be up in the old-fash- 
ioned garden. On her way over to the Gate House today Lena 
said she would find out and let us know. But she came 
back later and said, "They aren f t up yet l B Probably the 
sun is not quite warm enough in that particular spot, 
Mr. Davieau is coming back, so the "grapevine* tells us, 
He shall be very glad to welcome him as we have missed 
seeing him from the windows going about his familiar tasks. 

Tuesday, March 23, 1948 Cold - Cloudy 

We have tumbled rather suddenly from snoY.-c6.paed 
peaks into muddy roads and soggy grass. Instead of skiis, 
we carry tanbrellasl 3ut there are more pleasing indications 
of Spring, Among them, Baby lambs and wild ducks. The 
former are a pair of twins born Sunday at the sheep barn on 
Button Road, The pond where the ducks were spotted is just 

site the barn. Four white and one black of the water 
fowl were seen and in spite of icy water seemed as gay and 
joyful as children taking their first dip in the Atlantic 
ocean i They formed in line, followed their leader around 
in a circle, then speeded up on a straight stretch for a 
final plunge and splash J 

Week of March 21 - 27, 1948 inclusive 
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Tuesday, March 23, 194-8 (continu 

This was repeated several times as if they were 
doing their very best duck trick for an audience of tiny 
tots who had just arrived in three automobiles . But the 
tiny tots didn't even see the ducks. They ran towards 
the barn eager bo see, in contrast, some shivering little 
lambs huddled close to their- fleecy warm mothers. 

Wednesday, March 24, 1948 Pleasant 

The day being warm and sunny and driving condi- 
tions ideal, several guests arrived for Tea, among them 
Mrs. Halloran of iramingham with three other ladies. They 
were the guests of Kiss Ryan, who is Krs. Halloran' s 
sister, and seemed to enjoy their tea very much although 
their hostess was unable to be present, 

Krs. Purdy and Kiss MacKechnie have joined a 
jewelry class in Boston and had their first lesson today. 
When Mr. and Mrs. Purdy came to dinner she showed us the 
result of her afternoon* 3 worm, a pin made of copper and 
shaped like a leaf. We all admired it and thinic her 
hard work is well worth whil<_. 

Thursday, March 25, 1948 Cloudy 

The American Express Company > whoso familiar 
"travelers checks 15 we cash almost every day, is planning 
to go into the sight-seeing business next Summer and 
will bring tours of sixty guests to the Inn twice a week. 
This is in accordance with letters received recently 
and plans announced by the manager ol their Domestic 
Travel Production. This is the first time, as far as 
we knov, 1 , that this company has conducted Sew England tours. 
fie are, therefore, looking forward with much interest to 
welcoming the American Express Company's guests and hope 
that their anticipated one hundred and twenty passengers 
par week will arrive as scheduled. 


Week of March 21-27, 1948 inclusive 

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Thursday, March 25, 1943 ( con tiav 

Being conscious oi L. Low an. 
raries and the names i'amiliar with the "Flo- of 
New England" period, we were pleased to find tiai .est 
registered today from Whittier, California. 

Friday, March 26, 1943 Sunny and Cool 

rly this morning our eye caught another sure 
sign oi' spring, ae Benny and Mac went over the front 
lawn of the Inn with tractor and rake. Putting (he land 
in readiness for the green grass which is to follow. 

Mrs. Whitney, along with two other ladle?, ca 
to Luncheon today. Mrs. V.hitney asked to see one 
Register" mwA explained that one of these ladies in her 

:-ty was here and signed the Register with Mrs. Sayre taaA 
Mrs. Vfoodrow Wilson. 

Saturday, March 27, 194S 

Our friend, Mr. Duncan, ca;se to 3pend the night 
at the Ion and take one of his "spring walks". I k ■ Be 
walked up the mountain and made friends Kith &r. Hurlbert, 
who now owns the Wayside Inn orchards. 

The Sowkers from torse star, 9m r this 

evening and while waiting to be called for dinner, they sat 
on the settle in the 3ar room and glanced at the "Chri 
Science Monitor". Mr. Bosker came upo,: : r .icie whz. 
of interest to us. It was entitled "Spires in the Sky 1 

■ . cured several lovely pictures of our New England churches 
and among them a picture of the Martha-Mary Chapel. The 
inscription under the picture read »i Magnet .Cor Lovers of 
the Pure Colonial New England Church is tibia Martha-Mary 
Church in the Wayside Inn Village, Sudbury, Mass." 

leek of March 28 - April 3, 1942 inclusive 

Sunday, March 28, 1948 Cole. 

Two of our Inn family arose early wad attended the 
sun rise service in the Sudbury Congregational Church. Ehlfl 
year it was held indoors with the morning sun throwing wans 
beams across a flower filled altar. arches everywhere 
were thronged -making Easter coming a relatively quiet one at 
the Inn — free from guests and telephone calls. Mr. Duncan, 
a frequent overnight guest, tiptoed to the Bar with boz in 
hand and blushingly presented one of the hostesses with a 
corsage of fragrant gardenias. Thus the significance of 
Easter and its spiritual meaning was not lost in the crowd 
of dinner guests who flocked to our door after the church 
services. It was indeed one of our Easter blessings to see 
among the hundreds of guests Mrs. V.. L. Stidger whose husband 
knew Mr. Ford and admired him greatly. It was £r. Stidger 
who wrote this lovely Easter verse. 

"IS THE HEART of a bulb 

Is the promise of spring; 

In the little blue aj 
There* s a bird that will sing; 

In the soul of a seed 

Is the hope of the sod; 

In the nearc child 

Is the Kingoon, of Goa. 8 

Monday, March 29, 1948 Cold 

Although Uie sun shone today tliere was a crispness 
in the- air to remind us that winter has only just departed. 

We had many house guests last nigh. .aeb one 
chose a different way of amusing himself. Mr. Montgomery 
took his young son over to the school to visit. Br. and Mrs, 
Arnold went hunting pussy willows and later, together with 
the Lowells, found a sunny spot over by the mill where they 
could sit in comfort out of the wind. Mr. Lowell came back 
with quite a sunburn. Miss Montanari who has been here 
several days recuperating from an UUUm . xy ventured to 
sit out in the sun, well wrapped in a fur coat arid biankc- 
The country air and long hours of sleep have done wonders 
for her. 



Meek of March 28 - April 3, 19-48 inclusive 

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Monday, March 29, 194B (continued) 

Mr. and Mrs. Swanson, the father and mother 
of the Mr. Swanson who runs the Country Store, spent the 
night here. Breakfast was to be eaten with their son 
and they waited patiently in the bar room until he case 
for them. 

Tuesday, March 30, 194S Pleasant 

After a geneological quest which has lasted 
several year 3, Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. fisher of Winnetka, 
Illinois were able, this afternoon, to fit a large piece 
into their Parmenter family puszle. Mrs. Fisher's 
grandmother was a Parraenter and Sudbury is full of Par- 
men ters. Consequently when Mr. and Mrs. Fisher arrived 
here and heard of our little old Parmenter house, they 
wanted to trace it back to their particular line or rattier, 
trace their line back to the old house. Anyway, the 
connecting link was finally found on a plot of 103 acres 
of land, as it were. This belonged to George Parmenter 
who lived in our Parmenter house and the same George from 
whom Mrs. Fisher is descended. The Fishers could hardly 
wait to see the old red house on Parmenter road and stood 
on its large stone door step in soleaoa and respectful mood. 

Wednesday, March 31, 19-48 Km 

Rev. and Mrs. Lowell left today for their home 
in Hew Bedford. The Arnolds are staying another day> 
much to the envy of the Lowells who wanted very much to 
stay longer. 

Mrs. Flioades of Sudbury is spending several 
nights here while her house is being repapered. Due to 
so much snow on the roof this winter several of her lovely 
wallpapers were ruined. She is so delighted, however, to 
find duplicates for them all. 



Week of March 28 - April 3, 1943 inclusive 

- 3 - 

Wednesday, March 31* 194$ (continn- 

Mrs. Ames cane from Way land with three flMll 
children and had early dinner. It wat; a gay family party 
of six and the children's voices echoed through the hous 

Mr*, cunbury who taught at the Boys School and 
had charge of the vegetable gardens at one time, came fee 
see us with Mrs. Sunbury and Muriel arid Stanley. They 
iiave moved to New Zork state where Mr. Sunbury is teaching. 
Muriel and Stauiey both went to the Southwest School \.. 
they lived on the estate. All their friends in every 
department enjoyed seeing tiiis nice family again ana hear- 
ing about their new home. 

Thursday, April 1, 1948 Ri 

The day was dull and dreary except for Mrs, 
Rhoades* bright eyes and radiant smile which she brought 
down stairs with her this naming. She ha3 been staying 
over two or three nights while ^Lane's £nd R , her lovely 
old house in Sudbury, is being renewed with fresh paper 
and paint. The smile was particularly broad and beaming 
this morning because this is Mr. Rhoades 1 birthday, 
e^ent was celebrated at Lane's End. but the Lin hostesses, 
wishing to send a greeting, telegraphed a brief message. 
Il was delivered over the phone to Mr. Rhoades by our local 
\-ion master and Western Union agent. Later in the day, 
Mr. Rhoades acknowledged it with a shoi *t -hat 

the message certainly helped to make this "return" a 
happy one. 

Friday^ April 2, 1948 Cloudy 

The Gray Line buses have brought several groups 
to the Inn lately and today came with a group oi twenty 
High School students from Milwaukee. Ail enjoyed Luncheon 
served to them in the Old Dining Room and concluded tneir 
visit by hearing the story of the Inn, while sitting around 
the fireplace in the Parlor. 

leek of March 28 - April 3, 1948 inclusive 

- A - 
Friday, April 2, 1943 ( continued) 

This evening I>r. finite and her mother enjoyed 
Dinner tit the Inn. Both h<..d achieved the "new look n with 
their long and graceful navy blue coats, white blouses and 
pert sailor hats. 

Saturday, April 3, 19AS Pleasant 

Among our dinner guests tnis evening cane a 
Miss Mary Fallen, a teacher from Dundee, Scotland. 

x was greatly impressed with the Inn and bought p< 
c^rds and folders to send to friends in her native Ian. . 

A party of five also registered for ditto* 

told us taut three of the ladies in the pai w y were 
missionaries and just returned fron Indie.. This was to 
be their first meal in America in several years tad their 
first request was B a glass of milk". 

Later in tne evening, *hen most of tae dinner 
guests had departed, the Inn ir/elcomed a group of one 
hundred high school pupils from Worcester, Massachusetts, 
who conducted u. formal dance in the Large Ball i^oom. l -t 
hall looked cuite cheerful with its many pink and black 
streamers - and all made merry until the stoke oi twelve. 



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leek of April -4-10, 194S inclusive 

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Sunday, April 4, 1948 Cloudy 

Sunday is a good day to clear up unfinished business 
of the past week so that the new week will begin with a clean 
slate ♦ Therefore, we should like to mention, altho & oit late, 
three guests who visited the Inn last week. Israel Sack cam 
from New lork to stay overnight and incidentally to tell sore 
about some of the furniture which he supplied for the Inn in 
1923, He told us that the Hadley chest came from Ne^s Hampshire 
and that the Connecticut Sun Flower chest was bought in the 
neighboring village of Nobscot, Our friend, Mrs. W. H. Dresser, 
who sometime ago presented an Ole Bull program to add to our 
Ole Bull mementoes, motored up from Hartford, Connecticut to 
have dinner here. Last but not least, we entertained Mr, 
Frank S. Dodge Jr. of the Mountain View Hotel at Whitei'ield, 
New Hampshire. Txiis fashionable Summer resort has been in 
the Dodge family for at least three generations and is a much 
talked about Hew England tradition. 

Monday, April 5, 1942 larm 

Mrs. Duncan^ who spent the night here p left on the 
eight o'clock bus after a hasty breakfast. She was rather 
upset^as her family had forgot to put in her hat when they 
packed her bag. Since they drove from Scarsdale, New Zork 
in a car, she did not miss her hat until it was too late to 
do anything about it. Her very first errand was to buy herself 
a new hat. 

Miss McKay, a cheerful soul although she spends zsost 
of her time in a wheel chair, caae to dinner tonight with her 
cousin whose birthday it was. Miss Northrup made a lovely 
angel cake which gave just the right touch because it was a 
complete surprise to "Jack". 

In this morning's mail we found a newspaper clipping 
from Dr. Huntley addressed to the "Horticultural Department". 
It is a poem called 


"Born of earth and snow 

Bowed with her own loveliness 

She comes - 

Her gift of beauty made 

She goes 

Nor does she ever guess 
The violet or rose. 

Week of April 4 - 10, 1948 inclusive 

April 6, 1948 Rain 

The Childs enjoyed their visit of tea days and 
departed this morning for Bernardsville , Hew Jersey where 
they run the Old Kill Inn. Mr. Viallace Ghilds is a 
nephew of the Childs Restaurant family,, 

Overlooked in the magazine "Seventeen*' of several 
issues ago, was a picture of our Martha-iiary Chapel taken 
with a box Brownie. The photographer was a seventeen* year 
older, Roseaarie La Sola of Hount Vernon, Hew £ork. Especial- 
ly pleasing to the eye of the artist «ere some billowy white 
clouds floating over the tall, dark steeplt. 

Wednesday, April 7, 1948 Warm - Sunny 

An Old Kitchen dinner for twelve was held tonight. 
The reservation was made in the name of the Ford Motor Company 
and was a Stork Party for one of the office girls. The 
table looked very festive with its red carnation centrepiece 
and red and white table cloth. There was a good deal of 
merriment and the girl for whom the party was given fairly 
sparkled with fun and wit. Judging froa the lovely gifts 
she received she must be very popular. Lena and Marian, 
waited on table were made to feel part of the group in the 
friendly, informal atmosphere. 

Thursday, April 3, 1948 Cloudy 

Two ladies stood on the front door step this 
afternoon and debated "Shall we tell her or shall «e not?" 
Finally they agreed to tell. So they turned around, came 
in to the hostess at the Bar arid expressed their apprecia- 
tion of the very fine way the Inn is kept. They said 
that many old houses, open to the public, are not clean, and 
they added - "we couldn't find a speck of dust here and wanted 
you to know it!" 



Week of April 4- - 10, 1948, inclusive 

- 3 - 
Thursday, April 8, 19-48 (continued) 

The executives, Board of Directors and other men 
connected with the Hudson Savings Bank are want to have an 
annual dinner and entertainment at the Wayside Inn. Tonight 
Mr, Robinson, the president, planned for forty guests ar-d 
a "U" shaped table was set in the large dining room. Dinner 
consisted of Fresh Fruit Cup, Roast Beel and Sultana Roll, 
The men, who appeared sober and serious before dinner^ were 
jovial and gay afterwards and thoroughly exi joyed an after - 
dinner speaker who talked about the progress of the railroads 
and showed colored pictures to illustrate his subject. 

Friday, April 9, 1948 Fair - Wiiidy 

Today we were presented with the second printing 
of *The Rock Bottom News" a pamphlet published by the Wayside 
Country Store, with Milt R. Swanson as publishes and 
J". Alfred Binsmore as editor. This month's edition featured 
articles on "The Old Time Penny Candy 11 , "The Council 'free*, 
"Souvenier Plates and Trays* and also a poem sent in by a 
customer entitled simply "Wayside Inn Store". The poem reads 
as follows: 

"In South Sudbury there is a store 
I find I ">ike it more and more 
There's loiipops both long and fat 
And catnip for your pussy cat. 
A penny is fast to the floor 
To see one snatch it, I adore. 
There's honey, jam and various spice 
Nuts for the squirrels are not nice 
Chairs are for sale, hats, sii, gs 
And pants for various kinds of legs. 
Baskets and apples, butter and cheese 
And snuff, I'm sure to make you sneese 
The macaroons are simply fine 
Vinegar from cider, perhaps some from wine* 

Week of April 4- 10, 1948 inclusive 


Friday, April 9, 1948 (continued) 

The stone ground flour for good bread 
Cinnamon drops for red* 
', Ju-fat old stove throws out much heat 
[^ (^djjSpiUi of all the store is n 

It 1 s a grand plac ,-ful and kind 
A spirit you doat often find, 
I* ' s a grand place to buy all food 
And every thing you buy i£ good." 

Saturday, April 10, 1948 Pleasant 

A Wedding Luncheon was served this noon in the 
large Dining Room of the Inn to a group of sixty people. 
A Chicken a la King Luncheon was served, after «hich the 
bride received her guests in the Large Ball fioo: 

The bride was gowned in tlie traditional white 
satin with finger tip veil trimmed with lace. The bride 
had two attendants, one dresed in fuchsia colored taffeta 
with matching hat and mitts, the other in blue with matching 

Mrs. Ralph D. Powell from ^ellesley Farms, Massa- 
chusetts held an engagement party for her daughter and seven 
friends in the Old Kitchen this evening. 

One do sen American Beauty roses provided a beauti- 
ful center piece, and were set off by two white tapers. 
Attractive place cards could also be seen at each place 
setting and each contained a -v&rsm taken from the "Tales 
of a Wayside Inn", after dinner each card was read aloud. 

leek of April 11 - 17, 1948 inclusive 

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Sunday, April 11, 194S Cioud> 

The happy sn&le and bright brown eyes oi Irs, Thomer 
welcouec ., waitr 

this morning to begin the i . Mrs. Tho. ••eady 

with bags r.itijiufc oq to Maine ?/heii will rehire 

an annual B]pi t)l| * of her c - Camp op: .. 

. Thomer* ~ many Troaen 

.Ticier days there, Leafing 
to express some creative instinct eithe rt or , Ole 

3ull La mm : - Thorner's favorite ■ and 

when a^ fetal 2aRj she . 

Her own appreciation vf artistic handwork was ax: 
mom bios of the blue and white loomed corarlet 

on I -oiu settle. "It's a perfect shSN t. 

she said. 

Monday, April 12, 19^8 ,udy 

Today the wallpaper in the .Iroom is being 

scraped off preparatory to repapering. Soon it will 
in cleanness and brightness the new white paint that was put 
on a little rshile ago. 1*9% winter's meltin. oe 

on the roof left several marks on the old wall paper so it has 
to be removed* 

We are net sure but we think Mrs. Gonant., the v..; 
of the President of Harvard, favored us with a visit today. 
She came to Tea with two other iaaies in a beautiful car, 
"a mile long" and a chauffeur* 

Mr. Es tab rook, an ardent fisherman, on his way to 
work tod. y^, stopped by the Kill tc look longingly at. some 
*shiners n swirsaing around in abundance in. the brock* Xhey 
are in great dejaant; for bait and iishensen will pay five ce; 
a piece for thea. 

leek of April 11-17, 194-3 inclusi 

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Tuesday, April 13, 1948 Cloudy and Rain 

A tail, good-looking M&| well ares.-,, t .^tely 
figure -, and. best oi all .possessing a gaoereus, kindly sa . 

lrie:-d «f the Inn. Ejf •feet* vse &ecui iiras ami 
secure* J -I- oaa Mft 

way. ■ . living" ;aw it and were 

con<. , First they stepped fo - eir 

secor.. evening the] . &ed of kiu light a&ceu 

.ions. Promptly ed up the stairs to the 

Jeru'h.. room. Rr« Pennington dec 

wee. . This we took as & real corapiiaen. the Pe.< oae 

have travelled hither and yon all over the world 
is discriminating. Both -... omouc. J»r. Pennington xg e -or 

of t Philharmonic ra and the Quartette 

while Rr»* Pennington writes hooks. Her pen name is Alice Beoic 
and one of her best sellers is "The . s' Physician.'' Mr, 

Pennington has recently done the ausic for the movie U r. ^lanaJuig* s 
Draaja House and ©£ particular interest are his recordings oi 

sphea Foster music. 

Wednesday, April L£, 1 

This was a raw, cliilly day and hail fell at one tine 
during the morning, the little white stones bouncing on the 
lawn where the grass is getting long and green. 

About forty pupils from the Academy <>f the Assumption 
in Wellesley went through the house. Alter they bad gone we 
looked in the register and sav; they had come from iar away 
places such as: Panama, County Kayo, Ireland, South Afrit 
Ponce, Puerto lico and Kerida, Kejtico. 

A frequent visitor to the Inn today brought a 
most interesting friend with him, Mr, Sri Re Madras, 

India. Under his very ordinary American raincoat we eeeg 
gli&pses of a beautiful blue native dress. We wished we 
could have seen his costume, so mud La 

fine, spirit . ze and dark skin, . eanson ra 

He talked about Ghandi and his native country, so like America 

leek of April 11-17, 1943 inclusive 

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Wednesday, April 14, 1*M8 (continued) 

in its many races ana religions- He had flown frjm Bombay 
in two and a half aa,y3 and is to lecture in forty different 
states. Last night he fcaj ,o the Thoosoph~> . ciety 

in Boston. 

In tiio w.'unlng Mar« and Mrs. Hadaa of Lincoln c« 
to dinner, .vhey were married 

were celebrating their second anniversary. ad TWty 

happy and proudly announced that fehagr had a baby daughter. 
They ctiso brought as t*o pictures taken at the time of their 
wedding to be pasted in our Brides' Book. 

Thursday, April 15* ^A3 Cloudy - Cold 

It is doubtful if the reader will remember Ellsworth 
Reaiaoxi whose naae always appears among the list of Fraters who 
come to the Inn in January. In this month's Christian Leader 
the story is told of ELLworth Reason's daugh ter^ Judy * who was 
baby-sitting at the home of a parishioner. The four-year old 

helping Judy with dinner preparations. When all v&f in 
readiness the youngster advised the baby-sitter as follows: 
■Wow first we read th6 story in this little book (a Lenten 
Manual) and then we all take our vitamin pill 

The Penningtans returned today v-ith ;ung men 

fpo« Harvard, The boys were shotn the old hand he*«i beam 
which Mr. Pennington acquired from Mi. Purdy after an ex- 
pedition to our lumber yard. the mantle 
of -iningtons new home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. It 
is a newly purchased house made of stone to resemble aa loth 
century dwellia & . lieighbors will be Westbrook Pegler and 
Clare Booth Luce. 

Seek of April 11-17, 19*8 inclusive 
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Friday, April 16, 1948 Pleasant 

Recent Guests 

Miss Wakefit lei ao£ friend from Switawrlaaui made her 
annual Spring visit bo the Xaa tocteg '<s and 

to have tea at the Inn. Our guests were charmed d1 
lambs and told several "fyftpg stories . prunks the l&abs 

played on their adorl - •■:.. I* 

Mr* Tucker, a new Vayside Lai frieud, came to 
.boon a. oday and brought .. ,. ouag i 

"Jerry". "Jerry", a student. ■ tool ia Sdul&bazo, very 

often has a fret b i /", fathou : - . eg 

dine at U Ly. 


A wedding in che Chapel, two weeding receptl.- 
and a Di turn were .heii.ea to X . . 

Inn touay, 

The large fining B&oa w^s put la reacr, ., » the 
f iret wedding recpetion. A tt ^" shaped t&hle was placed in 
front of the fireplace and the bride, Miss Peggy ohriner, 
froa Waitham - along with her guests sat down to Luncheon. 

Following the luncheon, the bride cat her wedding ■ 

depart- For br-rveiiag the ta ide ol^ose a blue street 
drees with pale pink accessories. 

A redding L ry Chapel be - >e 

at 4 ° *' thi. liowed tey a 8ufjTet Tea for c 

hundred amd fifty g in the large Bg of feha Inn. 

Mi:: bride, had golden curl* ana looked especially 

lovely in be? r . o. 1 with leg-. boa 

sleeves. Her two attendants were gowned in aqua chiffon and 
carried yellow jonquils. Xeliow jonquils also adorned the 
Bwf£«<i table &j well as a towering white wedding cake* boo.uc.i- 
ily decorated with pale pink x'oses. 

The activities for the day were concluded by a 
Dinner and Dance put ou by the lite: ,;s Colic,.... 

A Turkey dinner was served to eighty guests, followed by 
a formal dance in the largi I . «, 

Week of April 18 - 24, 1948 inclusive 

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Sunday, Afaril IS, 1948 Partly Cloudy 

Mr. and Mrs, Ferree^who left their two year old 
daughter at home and came to the Inn for a rest and change 
over the holiday weekend , spent the warning reading Paul 
Revere* s own account of his famous ride, the wording of 
the photostatic copy is quaint and amusing and we presume 
that Longfellow* s interpretation was based upon this very 
record, Mr. Ferree read some of the passages aloud while 
Mrs, Ferree and other guests listened. The fire on the 
hearth crackled as if chuckling over Paul's release hy the 
British officers after they intercepted him iu Lexington, 
"On the eighteenth of April in Seventy-five" so Longfellow 
begins the story in the Tales of a Wayside Inn. It was 
just one hundred and seventy-three years ago today. 

Monday, April 19, 1943 Cold 

Paul Revere* s name was on everyone *s lips today 
as his famous ride of one hundred and seventy-three years 
ago was celebrated throughout the state, especially in 
Concord and Lexington. Many people came to see the Inn 
and the Parlor where the Landlord is supposed to have sat 
by the fire and told the tale of that midnight ride. 

The day was cold and damp but one of our house 
guests, Siss Pratt from 3oston, walked up to the Mill 
before breakfast. 

Bev, Shadegg came to lunch with some friends. 
They had just attended installation services for Mr. Shadegg 
who is now minister of the Gongregmtion&I Church in Arling- 

Peter Antonio, a former Wayside Ian boy, came to 
see the Inn with his wife and several friends. He nas 
taken up flying and said he might land on one of our 
fields any day. Although he did not graduate. he has a 
great deal of pride in the school and very enthusiastic 
about the Inn* 


«©ek of April 18 - 24, 194& inclusive 
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Tuesday, April 20, 1946 *uch farmer 

Spring was really her© thi3 afternoon with the 
thermometer hitting 7C degrees. Consequently, the front 
door was opened wide and a wedge put in to keep it open. 
Hundreds of boys and girls flocked in* One hundred and 
fifty case from the Slater School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island 
and two large groups of Girl Scouts stopped on their way 
home from Boston. The scout leader was very appreciative 
of the talk given her charges by the hostess and said that 
the officer who had escorted them on board the Constitution 
in Boston Harbor talked in Nautical terms, all foreign to 
the scouts, "but you talked their own language* she said. 
The Pawtucket group came in. four huge busses and walked 
through the house in an especially orderly fashion and as 
quietly as little mice* Every division of thirty-five 
students was accompanied by two teachers. 

W*dne3day* April 21, 1947 Bain 

Seven high school girls from Saxonvills rode over 
on their bicycles. They were somewhat damp when they arrived 
and stayed by the fire until warm enough to see the house. 
Rev. Arnold and Eev. Oterton were here to lunch and got into 
conversation with the girls and began teasing them about the 
small town they came from. One of them wanted to know which 
side of the road it was on. 

In the afternoon two blisses drove into the parking 
space and soon the house was filled with boys and girls from 
Horth Park College near Chicago. They were members of a choir 
giving ten concerts. Having sung in Boston last, night, they 
were on their way to Hartford, Connecticut. They just had 
time to rush through the house but one girl asked if she might 
see the Ole Bull violin. The others clustered around while it 
was taken out of its beautiful mahogany case and gased at It 
in revereat silence. 

It. and Mrs. Sohier fcieleh, Jr., who live not far 
from here, came to dinner. Kr3. leieh, who was Miss Edison, 
said she used to know Mr. Ford*s grandchildren and wanted so 
much to see them again when they came to the Inn and hoped we 
would let her know* 

ibs «Aism an 

Week of April IS - 24, I94B inclusive 

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Thursday, April 22, 1943 Cold 

Once in every two or three years the natse of Mr. 
Frank Carney appears in the Diary after be himself has 
appeared at the inn* He merits time and space for lie is 
one of our few guests who can claim personal friendship 
with Longfellow. He used to work in the Harvard Library in 
Longfellow's time and often went to Craigie Rouse to collect 
'books* He remembers the time Longfellow watched him wrap 
and pack the books. He also remembers Alice well and during 
the first World War assisted her in delivering books for the 
soldiers* Mr. Carney has been coming to the Inn, off and on, 
fo? about forty years and usually rides a bicycle from Hudson. 
Today was no exception altho 1 the gentleman is now well along 
in years* Followed by "Rags" his faithful dog, our guest sat 
down on the front porch and repeated his story of ■mtfrng 
Longfellow for the first time. B« asked him for his autograph, 
the pjet graciously consented, then said, "Come to my house 
and I will give you a better one.* 

Friday, April 23, 1948 Fair - Wax* 

Among our luncheon guests today came Mr, and Mrs* 
Winfred Khoa&es from Sudbury and since the Khoades family 
live nearby, they quite often drop in for luncheon or dinner 
and even to spend a few days with us. Today, Mrs. Ehoades* 
attention was caught by one of our overnight guests, namely, 
Mrs. Be Windt. Both ladies being bird lovers and both being 
aware of the many species that can be found about the Inn, 
foimd much in common. Mrs. Rhoades and Mrs. Be Windt both 
agreed that the Inn was a most delightful spot to relax and 
listen to the language of the birds. 

Our dinner guests included Mr. and Mrs. Whitman 
from Marlboro, Mr. and Mrs. Massey, who quite often visit 
the Inn on Sunday evening, as well as Bev* B&t teahouse, who 
had as his guests several / 'e]p^ple who live in the Longfellow 
house in Cambridge. 

Week of April 13 - 24, 1948 inclusive 

Saturday, April 24, 1948 Sunny - Wars 

A group of sixty ladies, who are associated with 
the National Shawaut Bank of Boston, enjoyed luncheon at the 
Inn today, The luncheon was preceded by a guided tour 
through the Inn. 

When leaving, the ladies expressed many thanks for 
a delightful luncheon and lecture. One lady in particular 
was overjoyed to see that so many old things iiad been preserved 
in thi^ country. She explained "I &m S*iss and have only 
been in this country two years .* ''Many of the things you 
have here remind ue of my own country, * 

Late in the afternoon the Inn welcomed Alien Bur-gin, 
wife and two tiny children. Allen, a layside Inn BoysSchooi 
graduate, comes to visit us quite often and this tiste came to 
show us the new arrival - a tiny baby hoy only a few months old, 

leek of April 25 - lay I, 1943 inclusive 
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Sunday, April 25, 194S Cold 

An old-fashioned kind of gum was made from 
Cracked Wheat, according to one of our guests, who told 
of chewing Cracked Wheat when she was a girl. When you put 
the raw meal into your mouth, she said, it turns into a 
gummy substance and you can chew it for an indefinite period. 
It tasted good before Mr. Wrigley case along! 

A little girl, on a recent visit to the Inn with 
some of her playmates, was quite puaaled when she looked at 
the long fork-shaped utensil in the Old Kitchen called an 
egg heater. "Bhy, how in the world did they use it?" she 

asked, *Bid they mash the eggs? 8 

The Hew Xork Sun in a recent issue described, in 
a humorous way, the inn which is going to be opened by 
^rs, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elliott. It is to be near the 
ancestral %-de Park estate. " Title of the article: "The 
Roosevelt lay3id© Tavern.* 

Sonday, April 26, 1942 Pleasant 

Two Gray Idne buses drew up to the Inn this 
morning a little before nine o^locx. Soon the house was 
filled with men and women from all parts of the world. 
There is a general conference of the Methodist Church going 
on in Boston now and these people were Bishops and their 
wives among whom were our old friends Bishop and Mrs. Oxaam 
just recently transferred to #ew ^ork. After breakfast 
of scrambled eggs and Deerfoot sausages, a tour of the house 
was made, then they wandered up to see the Chapel and the 
Mill and the Country Store. Many of the Bishops came from 
far away, in fact about fifty countries sent delegates to the 
conference which will last about twelve days. No doubt 
other groups will come out to see the Inn during that tine. 

Dr. Ockenga of the Park Street Church in Boston 
was given a party tonight at which thirty of his friends 
were present. It was supposed to be a surprise party but 
when he arrived at the same time as several other guests he 
said, *I saelleci a rati" 



Week of April 25 - Say 1, 1943 inclusive 

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Tuesday, April 27 , 1943 Cloudy 

Mr. and Mrs- Ferree, senior, have arrived and are 
exclaiming over the home-like atoosphere of the Inn which 
their son and his wife enthused about last week. loung Mr. 
and Mrs. Ferree returned to their home in Hartford and 
heartily recommended the Inn to mother and dau. The elders 
are not disappointed, we hope. At least they spent a 
pleasant evening in front of the open fire chatting about 
their son and daughter- in-law who has turned out to be Nearly 
beloved by all the family. She was a war bri &MI 
conversation turned from family interests to the Tales of a 
Wayside Inn and Longfellow *s characters one of whom w*. 
Lugi Monti, the loung Sicilian. Ers. Ferree was particularly 
interested in him because her father, who v«as an Englishman 
and a civil engineer, was sent to Sicily to put in the first 
railroad there. This goes all around the island and passes 
through a number of tunnels. The Ferrees are staying two 
days and we want them to return to Hartford as enthused as 
"the boy." 

Wednesday, April 28, 1948 Pleasant 

Mrs. ttobahaw of Holliston came for tea with a 
party of fourteen who were members of a Child Study Group. 
They were especially interested in the Mary Lamb School 
which they visited before tea was served. Mrs. 3ennett 
and the children are always ready for possible visitors and 
even this group did not upset them. Earl deader, a First 
Grader and son of one of the Wayside Inn Boys School gradu- 
ates, recited B A birdie with a yellow bill* to the delight 
of all. Sometimes guests entertain the children, then 
the Bishops case last Monday the one from India recited 
"Mary had a little lamb" in Hindu! 

Mrs. Joslyn of Kewton entertained a group of 
about eighty at luncheon. In the morning a business 
meeting was held in the large ballroom followed by an 
entertainment. Several ladies read poems which must have 
been original and quite funny judging from the shrieks of 
laughter after each one. 

the waiside inn 

Week of April 25 - May 1, 194.3 inclusive 

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Thursday, April 29, 194S Partly Cloudy 

We had the pleasure of meeting Susan Kicker Knox on 
a recent afternoon when she was passing through Sudbury on her 
way to Maine. Miss Knox stopped for a brief visit a| the Inn. 
and told of her interesting work which is portrait painting. 
She likes best to do children and is probably more successful 
with them than with adults. We have never seen her portraits, 
but she informed us that they are on exhibition at the Kar shall 
House ii\ ^ork Harbor through out the Summer. Miss Know has 
switched her summer studio from Zoffc to Ogunquit, Maine. She 
winters in Mexico* 

Friday, April 30 , 1943 Pleasant 

This afternoon the Inn welcomed Miss ftuland from 
Framingham State Teachers College and a group of forty students 
from the College. Miss Ruiand, the Sophomore English teacher, 
brings her class of girls to the Inn each year and each y 
is taken on a sost instructive tour' of the Inn by Mis3 Staple.:. 
This year, as a token of their appreciation, the girls presented 
Miss Staples with an orchid. It looked pert and lovely for 
several days and was greatly admired by everyone. To conclude 
their stay at the Inn, the girls enjoyed afternoon tea served 
to them on the porch. They were indeed an interesting group of 
girls and we hope they will return again in the near future. 

Saturday, May 1, 1948 Fair - Cool 

Still another group of school girls visited the Ion 
today. They are the "Mary A. 3urnham School* from Korthampton, 
Massachusetts. This group arrived about, noon end after 
visiting the Mary Lamb School house, Mill and Chapel, came to 
the Inn for luncheon. Luncheon was served on the Porch and a 
group of thirty-seven attended. After luncheon we found one 
of tiie pupils to be an interesting as well as famous pers. 
&er name - Princess Gita Devi - and her position - an Indian 
Princess from Hysore State, South India. The princess want 
on to explain that her purpose for being in this country is to 
study agriculture and then to return to India and help her 
people ?ho are in need of this knowledge. Her ambition is to 
attend Cornell diversity, even though the agricultural de- 
partment is 90^ men. The Princess Gefea Devi was interested 
to see the signature "Edward P* on the Coolidge sap bucket in 
the Bar Room for the Princess explained that her family had 
once entertained the "Prince of Wales" as well as tne "Duke 

of Gloucester x at their home in South India. 

Week of May 2-3, 1948 inclusive 
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Sunday, May 2, 1948 Pleasant 

Spring has not as yet made up her mind to be warm 
and sunny and as if in defiance to our welcoming gestures 
remains chilly. Today was no exception. Consequently our 
business was on the slow side. 

A gentleman, in the afternoon period when sight-seers 
seem to overshadow dinner guests, volunteered the information 
that hi* mother-in-law was a nurse in the Longfellow household. „ 
She attended the poet and often spoke of him as a "wonderful y Y^ 
old gentleman". She also remembered K^ry Anderson, the actess, 
who was a guest at Craige House. The nurse, whose name was 
then Anna Powell, was one of the first to receive a formal 
training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. We thanked 
Mr. Arthur Landry, her son-in-law, for this interesting 

Monday, May 3, 1948 Warm *ai<l Sunny 

Two young men walked in and roamed for a while 
through the rooms early this morning. They were students, 
evidently on vacation, and seemed very much interested in 
the Inn, so much so that they almost let the breakfast hour 
slip by. We were able to serve them and they were very 
appreciative of their hot coffee and muffins, simple as it 

Our poor old English hawthorn tree which has been 
slowly dying finally succumbed to Father Time and was uprooted 
today. In its place a young vigorous tree of the same kind 
has been planted and we hope to continue to enjoy the lovely 
pink bloasoms of this new tree as we did those of the old one. 

Tonight Mr. Le Sourd of Boston University brought 
a group of twenty-nine to a dinner of roast lamb and turkey. 
Some preferred the turkey as being more typical of this part 
of the country. Since they came from a distance Mr. Le Sourd 
brought them here to enjoy the atmosphere and good food of an 
old Hew England Inn. 

Week of Hay 2-3, 1948 Inclusive 

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Tuesday, May 4, 1948 Cloudy 

A very nice group of ladies numbering eighty-seven 
were luncheon guests and remained at the luncheon tables 
this afternoon to present a literary program apropos of their 
chosen eating place » Instead of impersonating the actual 
characters in the Tales of a Wayside Inn, seven ladies were 
chosen to represent the wives of Longfellow^ friends. lie 
were introduced for the first time to Mrs. Wales and Mrs. Ole 
Bull J And so on. - Mrs. Wales then recited a story told by 
her husband in the Tales of a Wayside Inn. "King Robert of 
Sicily" was read by Mrs. Monti and "Paul Revere *s Ride "by 
Mrs. Howe! After the program several stayed to make the 
tour through the house and thoroughly enjoyed the Parlor where 
they saw the portrait of Mr. Howe and pictures of the other 
characters. Some chose instead to walk to the Mill and 
Schoolhouse. All expressed gratitude for a most satisfactory 
ending to their Club year. The Tuesday Club of Jamaica Plain 
is their official title. 

Wednesday, May 5, 1948 Cold - Cloudy 

Mr. Frost of Briardale Farm in Concord entertained 
a group of twelve business men at luncheon on the porch. 
They were 3eated at one long table adorned with a bowl filled 
with white narcissus. As each man entered he exclaimed *ith 
pleasure at the cheerful surroundings. It is a most satis- 
factory place to eat ju3t now, especially, when one can look 
out upon sloping green lawns and lilac bushes nodding at the 
windows. The tiny buds of the lilac blossoms are beginning to 
appear as well as the leaves which are getting bigger and 
greener every day. 

leveral ministers and their wives from the Methodist 
Conference dropped in at intervals through the day and a group 
of forty Seventh Grade children from Boookline went throu^i 
the house. After their sight- seeing tour the children flocked 
up to the Mill to eat a picnic lunch, the teacher assuring us 
that they would "pick up their papers." 

Meek of May 2 - 8, 1948 inclusive 

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Thursday, May 6, 1948 Pleasant 

Preparations began months ago for the party held 
here today by the Harvard Woman's Club. Mrs. Northcott, the 
President? planned every detail beginning with the meeting this 
morning in the large Ball-room to the very last words of the 
after-luncheon speaker. One hundred, and seventy-eight women 
sat down at one o* clock in the large dining room where a he^d 
table wa3 arranged for ten distinguished guests. The Governor's 
wife, Mrs, Robert Bradford, brought greetings from her husband 
who is a Harvard University graduate. Mrs. Greenwood, President 
of toe Massachusetts Federation of Womens Clubs was introduced 
just before the speaker of the afternoon, Mrs. Vera 2£. Dean. 
Mrs. Dean is an authority on Foreign Affairs and is at the 
present time on the teaching staff at Harvard. She was well 
qualified to discuss and explain the position of the United 
States in the United Nations. The meeting ended with many 
expressions of enthusiasm for the good food and charming setting. 
Ordinarily the Club meets at the Hotel Vendome in Boston. This 
is the one country outing of the year. The Inn has been the 
selected spot for many years and is fast becoming a Club tradition. 

Briday, May 7, 1948 Rain 

Early this morning a group of sixty Fourth grade 
pupils from the John V7ard School in Newton Center, Massachusetts 
came to visit the Inn. The children were taken through the Inn 
in groups of thirty and a guide was provided for each group. 

At noon the children enjoyed a specially prepaired 
luncheon which consisted of chicken soup, cold sliced Turkey, 
scalloped potatoes, succotash and our famous baked indian pudding 
with ice cream. 

After lunch, the children adjourned to the large Ball 
Room where they watched the Mary Lamb School pupils at their 
dancing class. 

Week of May 2-8, 194-B inclusive 

Saturday, May 8, 1948 Pleasant 

A letter to "The hostesses* came today from a 
Wayside Inn friend who makes it her business to visit us 
at least twice a year. Once at Chris toas time and again 
In the spring when the lambs are born. As she did not 
appear this spring* we have been waiting eagerly for some 
word of her whereabouts. 

Mme. Gurney-fctaymond explained in her note that 
she made several extra trips to New ^ork this season, as 
well as attending four performances of the Metropolitan 
Opera in Boston. Be guess she is a busy person! Never- 
theless, the l&ie. promised us a visit to the Inn sometime in 

An interesting luncheon guest today, namely Mr. 
Clark, explained to a hostess that he once gave &r. Ford 
a picture of some hay makers done in needlework. The 
picture was done in the year 1812. Our guest, Mr. Clark, 
came to the Inn and presented the picture to Mr. lord. 
Mr. Ford took it back to Dearborn and wrote a note of thanks 
in his own handwriting. 

WMk of Hay 9-15, 1958 

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Sunday, May 9, 1943 Pleasant 

Mothers old and mothers young and mothers in-between 
were seen at the Inn today. Thus the Inn was honored not 
only with one mother but with amy. Little families consist- 
ing of three generations moved slowly towards the dining room 
with Bother supported on both sides by those who had more agile 
foot steps and stronger arms, 

Tiie day started with a lively party of ten. Grand- 
mother sat at the head of the table surrounded by her children 
and children's children. Liveliest of all families was that 
of Dr. Hatch which consisted of lovely, dark-eyed Mrs. Hatch 
and four young ones. They stayed overnight and at an early 
hour this morning were on their way to the sheep barn. Mother 
went along too and all became acquainted with the baby lambs 
which are to be shipped from here to their Summer farm in Maine. 
During the afternoon, someone took little Connie Hatch aside 
and reminded her that she was spending a very wonderful Mothers' 
Day. Best part was having her own sweet mother with her. 

Monday. May 10, 1948 Cloudy 

Coming over from the Gate House this morning Lena 
was heard exclaiming about some birds on the lawn. Mid they 
were a sightl Mot many, in fact there were only two, but 
such brilliant colors against the fresh green grass was 
startling to the eye. They were an indigo bunting and a 
goldfinch. Later on there were many goldfinches on the side 
lawn but the bright blue bunting has disappeared. 

We are still having a few stragglers from the 
Methodist Conference drop in and today two ministers registered 
from the Phillipines. 

Volume 14 of the Herald, published by the Edison 
Institute, arrived today. The first number is dedicated to 
^r. Edison who was born one hundred years ago in 1847. The 
May number, showing on its front page a picture of the 
Edison Institute Museum in Greenfield Village with its flag 
at half mast, bears the inscription 

In Memories 
Henry Ford 

Week of May 9 - 15, 1948 inclusive 
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Tuesday, May 11, 1948 Cloudy 

Mr, Milliaas from Holliston again entertained a 
group of business men in the old Kitchen this evening. 
There were fifteen in the party and they enjoyed a steak 
dinner. Most of the men were from Georgia and as usual 
*r. Williams was the gracious, generous host. He is 
president of a large leather company and is just now 
organising branch stores in the south. 

Correspondence coming in from all parts of the 
country is keeping Miss Staples with her nose to the 
typewriter practically every afternoon. The letters are 
inquiries regarding rooms and rates for Summer tourists 
and reservations for dinner parties. Interspersed among 
the usual room and meal reservations are queries about 
weddings in the Martha-Mary Chapel. Hot a few are from 
school teachers asking permission to bring their students 
for an educational tour of the house and grounds. 

Wednesday, May 12, 1948 Very warm and Sunny 

Today's sunshine and warm weather brought out the 
white and purple violets in profusion. A small pewter mug 
filled with these early flowers gave a touch of spring to 
the Barroom. Xellow cowslips have ventured forth in wet 
places and by brooksides and a Bennington milk bowl filled 
with them was placed on Mr, frost's table at lunch. 

Our house guest, Miss Riggs, an authority on birds^ 
has given us a list of those she has seen on her various 
walks around the estate. Forty-five birds are listed but we 
will mention only a few* six kinds of Warblers, the Wood Thrush, 
Bobolink, Meadow Lark, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 
purple Finch and white crowned and a white throated Sparrow. 
Miss Riggs wants us all to enjoy the birds, too, and just as 
she was about to get on the bus to go up to the Country Store 
she took time to dash back, open the door a crack and call out 
"See the Goldfinches on the lasml* She knows their songs, 
as well, and can imitate them very charmingly into the bargain. 



Week of May 9-15, 1948, inclusive. 
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Thursday, May 13, 1948 Driazle 

Fifty school children from Worcester came to see 
the house this afternoon and were conducted through by 
Miss Fisher and Kiss MacJLechaie. And by the way, something 
of great importance to Miss Mao^echnie and to us all, has 
just been announced* It is the engagement of Miss Mac&echnie 
to Sober t Flint. The marriage is scheduled for our Martha- 
Mary Chapel on Saturday evening, June 12th to be followed by 
a reception for about one hundred guests* Yesterday Mrs. 
Purdy and Miss Mac^echnie went shopping for the Bridal gown 
and today Barbara Eaton .our Summer hostess^ tried on dresses 
appropriate for the maid of honor. Needless to say the 
•hole houshold is wishing our charming young hostess a great 
deal of happiness and each and everyone feels nore than 
a friendly interest in the coming event. 

Friday, May 14, 1948 fiain 

Despite the rainy weather today the Inn welcomed 
many people from far and near, and among them a group of 
one— hundrecVrand forty came froa the State House in Boston 
on a "Civil Service Convention 8 . The group enjoyed a 
Lobster Sewburg Dinner, served to them in the large Dining 
Boom of the Inn. 

Later in the evening one table was set for twelve 
in the Old Dining Boom. Apple blossoms and white tapers 
adorned the table and dinner was served to Miss Eaponen and 
members of her wedding party who were to participate in 
the wedding the following day. 

Week of Hay 9-15, 1948 inclusive 

Saturday, Say 15, 1948 Cloudy 

This noon the Inn welcomed two luncheon groups* 
One coming from Worcester and the other from Brookline. 

The first group under the direction of Mrs. 
Stanley Pitcher was composed of thirty-six ladies. Luncheon 
was served on the Porch which was appropriately decorated 
with apple and Japanese Quince blossoms. 

Our second luncheon group was seated at a *U» 
shaped table in the large dining room. Fifty guests 
attended Miss Rubins engagement party. The bride-to-be 
with her fiancee' sat at the center of the table and leaked 
supremely happy as they chatted with their guests. 

Pink and white tulips, as well as ever so many 
apple blossoms could be seen on the table and throughout 
the Dining Boom. 

Later in the afternoon Miss Barbara Reponen from 
Worcester, Mass. was married in the Martha-Mary Chapel. 
The reception for one hundred and thirty guests followed 
at the Inn* 

The Buffet table was set with a bride's cake 
in the center of the table and was set off by tapers and 
greens. Our bride sore the traditional white satin and 
carried white roses while roooc while h&x- three attendants 
wora bright rose and blue gowns and carried pink roses. 

Week of Hay 16 - 22, 1943 inclusive 

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Sunday, May 16, 1948 Cloudy 

Tne sun did not choose to shine. It peered out at 
an early hour this morning, then retired behind a cloud for 
the rest of the day, Mr. and *rs. Barnes drove over from 
Oxbridge expecting to see a white flowery display of apple 
blossoms along the way. They saw blossoms but, as Mrs. Barnes 
said, the orchards would have been prettier with sun on then. 
Mr. Tucker was here again with his mother. He is the man who 
has had the entire care of his only child since infancy. The 
boy is now in the Fay School and grandmother and father come 
almost every week to see him. The flawleys arrived early and 
told us of their son*s marriage in **ew Xork. Thus friendly 
greetings brightened the day even if the sun did not choose 
to shine. 

Monday, May 17, 1948 Cloudy - War® 

Se are having a long cold spring which is keeping 
back the lilacs. All the bushes are ready to burst into 
bloom at the first touch of warm sun. But the sun refuses 
to shine for any length of time. It seems as though the 
apple blossoms and lilacs would be more luxurious this year 
than for several years when they do come out. 

The birds dont seem discouraged by cold and rain 
but have arrived in their gay spring plumage. Two brilliant 
scarlet tanagers were seen today fluttering around to attract 
the attention of a little olive green female who didnH seem 
much interested, 

Mrs. Baldwin, who lives near **rs. Gross on Wayside 
Inn Road entertained nineteen at dinner this evening. To 
give it a more intimate touch Mrs. Baldwin Brought her own 
flower 3 and cake and nuts. 


Week of Say 16 - 22, 1948 inclusive 

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Tuesday, May 18, 1948 Cloudy 

*Teen agers arriving in two large buses flocked into 
the house this afternoon and spent about half an hour absorbing 
some of the atmosphere of a Colonial tavern. They arrived in 
two large buses from the Calvin Coolidge Junior High School in 
Shrewsbury, Has sachusetts . 

In the evening three handsome young men from the 
Perkins Institution for the Blind were escorted into the dining 
room whore they enjoyed dinner with three of their teachers. The 
teachers were elderly women apparently very well experienced in 
the care of the blind. After dinner they explained tne rooms 
to their pupils. The description ran something like this "In 
here there is a table in the center of the room with four chairs 
around it. A large fireplace. Three windows fclth tiny panes 
of glass. Many pewter diihes etc. "The blind were allowed to 
touch things and many exclamations of delight were heard where 
they 'locked* through their fingers at something they had heard 
about but had never "seen." 

Wednesday, Kay 19, 1948 Cold but Sunny 

Today the lawns were sprayed with a weed killer. Mac 
and Benny spent about all day at the job, one working the pump 
and the other holding the spray. They did a very thorough piece 
of work and if the poison ivy alone is destroyed the long weary 
hours will have been well worth while. 

A brochure put out by State Street Trust Company arrived 
this aoriLLug. This year the subject is Sailing Cards, announcing 
tiie departure of vessels in Clipper Ship days for foreign ports. 
They were printed in color to catch the eye of seamen and merchants 
who might send cargoes on these "fast" boats which took about three 
months to get from Boston to San Francisco. 

Dinner for a party of twelve young men was served in the 
old kitchen. They were students and their professors from B&baon 
Institute in lellesley and seemed to enjoy their roast beef dinner 

A war veteran from Cushing Hospital came to see the house 
this afternoon, &e was $& & ^eei chair and attended by a must! •&£ 
asked if she right have a little help in getting her patient over the 
threshold. Frank, the new cook, as well as Mr. Borstrom in clean 

the waisids inn 


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Wednesday, May 19, 1943 (continued) 

white coats, not only helped the young man over the threshold 
but carried hi© upstairs so that he had the unexpected 
pleasure of seeing the four bedrooms and two ballrooms up there. 

Thursday, May 20 , 1943 Cloudy 

A trip was token last Monday afternoon to Charletcn, 
Massachusetts, where a call was made upon M r . V;. ft. Taylor, 
lie is well and quite chipper a --a greeted us in the large Reception 
room of the Masonic Home where >te lives in retirement with many 
other aged men and women. Then Mr. Taylor walked through the 
dining room and two or three corridors to his bedroom to show 
us the view from his corner windows. On a clear day, Mr. Taylor 
says ha can see as far as Sew Hampshire and several mountains 
in Massachusetts. The Home is situated on a high hill just 
off Route No. 20 and the Horn* itself is a beautiful brick house 
surrounded by many smaller buildings including a green house. 
Flower arrangements are displayed in practically all the public 
rooms and always on the dining room tables. Mr. Taylor talked 
of the many old things he bought for Mr. Ford and of his work 
at the Edison Museum. Here and there he added something humorous 
to keep us laughing. There is no doubt that he is "still on 
the surface" as he himself expressed itJ 

Friday, May 21, 1948 Cloudy 

A Mr. Jack Silley phoned this morning to confirm a 
reservation for a room and at the same ticte instructed the 
hostess to be on the lookout for a well tanned, &aii, handsome 
man. The hostess did as instructed and when a jovial, bat 
plump, little man in a ten gallon hat, fireman red shirt, boots 
and wearing eight watches arrived, the hostess was startled to 
find his name was "Mr. Willey 8 . 

Nevertheless, Mr. Willey proved to be an interesting 
guest. He introduced himself as "Jack »*illey the Old Timer*. 
He and Mr-. Willey had traveled from California in search of 
more clocks to display in their "Old Clock Museum.". 



Week of May 16 - 22, 1948, inclusive 

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Friday, Hay 21, 1943 (continued) 

Our guest showed everyone at the Inn an old "Eiffel 
ry Tower" clock and claimed there cure only two such clocks in 
~~e5EIstance. Mr. Uilley has 500 clocks in his Museum and it 
takes two hours a day to wind them. "Oh, yes" explained 
Mr. Willey "I have clocks of all descriptions, music boxes, 
and oddities that are odd," 

Saturday, May 22, 1942 Cloudy - Earn 

The fladclifftjdub of Boston held a Buffet Tea 
this afternoon at four o'clock in the large ball room 
of the Ian. About seventy-five members were in attendance 
and all enjoyed fancy tea sandwiches, cup cakes, ice creamy 
tea and coffee. 

At the same time, a colorful wedding was taking 
place at the Martha-Mary Chapel. The altar was banked with 
white flowers and green ferns, while all capers vcre lighted 
throughout the Chapel. As the bride, her five attendants arid 
flower girl came into view, the procession took on the appear- 
ence of a rainbow for each girl was gowned in a pastel shade 
and each a little different in color. The bride wore white 
satin trimmed with imported chantilly lace - a truly lovely 
Spring wedding. 



week of May 23 - 29, 1948 inclusive 

Sunday, May 23, 1943 Cloudy 

The Register book caused some excitement the other day 
when Mr. Robert C. Hale of Shelbyville, Indiana, walked into the 
Bar room and pulled out his pen to sign on the blue horizontal 
line, * I thought I knew that woman J B exclaimed »r<. Hale as he 
grabbed his hat and ran out the front door I Half an hour later 
he came back to explain that the name on the line above was that 
of his neighbor Mrs .Vincent Evans, also of Shelbyville. 

People often spend ten or fifteen minutes turning the 
pages of the Register, intriqued with the handwriting and the 
various names and places. Sometimes, just for fun, the names 
of such celebrities as George tSashington and Clark Gable appear. 
Today, Rose Podredchie and Evelyn Smallcombe, Irma Ythitehurch 
and Mrs. A. Somethurst, according to our Register, were here in 

Monday, May 24, 1948 Cloudy 

Every day the Gray Line group increases in number. 
At first there were only five or six and they came in a 
limousine. Today thirty- three arrived for lunch in the familiar 
gray bus. 

There is to be a large wedding in the Chapel on Friday 
and the rehearsal was held this evening. Mrs. Butler, a "Wedding 
Consultant" has had charge of all arrangements. The rehearsal 
went off more smoothly than usual as every one knew before hand 
what to do and where to go. Later the bridal party came to the 
Inn where dinner was served in the Ola Mtchen. They asked to 
have decorations with an "old look" using as much pewter as 
possible and were very much pleased with the result. Even 
Mrs. Butler saia, "Everything was perfect! " 

Week of May 23 - 29, 1948 inclusive 

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Tuesday, May 25, 1948 Cloudy 

Betty Harrington Van Huysen made arrangements for the 
party held this noon in the large dining room. One hundred ana 
thirty women were present, all wives of doctors attending the 
convention of the Massachusetts Medical Society, Betty is one 
of "our" girls and was in the very first class to attend the 
Mary Lamb School under the able guidance of Ulss Hopkins. Last 
Pall, Betty married Dr. Van Huysen in our Martha-Mary Chapel and 
is living in Weston. Heedless to say, we were glad to help Betty 
with her plans for entertaining this large delegation. The 
Luncheon menu consisted of chicken a la king. Garden flowers 
decorated the tables. 

Wednesday, May 26, 1948 Sunshine 

Two Sudbury boys, John Gaughan and Bill Hall, worked 
all day on our lawns cutting and clipping the grass which has 
grown very fast recently. They made a very thorough job of it, 
their first big assignment. They are G. I*s and have gone back 
to school and wanted to earn a little extra money on the side. 

Rev. Mr. Gondit has come for a few days to recuperate 
from a very serious illness. Already he is looking r&ry much 
better. He gave us one of the folders which were distributed 
among the congregation Easter Sunday. Besides the order of 
service for the day and a picture of the fine stained glass 
window back of the alter the folder contains an Easter Message 
from Mr. Condit. It is a farewell to his people whom^ he is 
forced to leaave for a while. 

Week of May 23 - 29, 194B inclusive 

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Rhursday, May 27, 1943 Cloudy 

Early arrivals were seventy-five High School pupils 
from Oxford, Massachusetts who scrambled into the house at 
nine-thirty o'clock. They quieted down, however, when the 
hostess began her story and remained attentive until they 
finally said goodbye and were on their way to the State House 
to meet the Governor. They were an unusual group, having 
earned the money themselves for this day of sightseeing. By 
running a school canteen they earned five hundred dollars. 
Three hundred was spent for the trip and two hundred for a 
couple of projectors which, as Seniors, they will leave as 
a gift to the school. Preparation for the trip included 
not only the financial planning, but advance reading on the 
points of interest. Most them had read the Tales of a 
Wayside Inn and their faces brightened when Longfellow and 
the Parlor of the Inn were mentioned. They proved to be a 
serious 'minded group and worthy of a Governor's reception. 

A wedding of more than passing interest took place 
this afternoon in the Martha-Mary Chapel when a Miss Sherman 
of Arlington, Massachusetts became the bride of the son of 
Raymond Gram Swing, radio news-commentator. This sounds like 
"reflected glory" but Peter Gram Swing has accomplished many 
notable things for himself. He was an infant prodigy and 
when seventeen months old knew thirty-six songs. He started 
composing at the age of four. At present he is attending 
Harvard College. This afternoon the Medrigal Singers, a 
group to which both newly-weds belong, were here to render 
several selections at the wedding reception. We liked the way 
the young couple stole away from their sixty guests and ran 
hand-in-hand to a waiting car. Mrs. Raymond Gram Swing attended 
her son's wedding. 

Friday, May 28, 1948 Cold 

A colorful summer wedding took place in the Martha- 
Mary Chapel this afternoon, when Miss Doris Fromm from Wisconsin 
became the bride of Mr. John C. Tead of Lincoln, Mass. 

One hundred and fifty guests attended the ceremony 
and reception in the large Ball room of the Inn. 

Week of May 23 - 29, 19A8 Inclusive 

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Friday, May 28, 19A8 (continued) 

Our bride wore the traditional white satin and 
carried a cascade of white orchids and lillies of the valley, 
^er three attendents were gowned in lime green marquisette 
and carried multi-colored old-fashioned bouquets. One large 
bowl of flowers in yellow, purple and white tones adorned the 
buffet table, while the wedding cake was placed on a special 
table and set off by greens and dainty baby»s breath. 

Saturday, May 29, 1948 Pleasant 

Miss Margaret Foss, a Sudbury girl, was married 
early this afternoon in the Martha -Mary Chapel. 

Margaret is the second daughter to be married in 
the Chapel, for about this time last year, the oldest daughter 
exchanged her marriage vows at our Chapel. 

Mary Iou, the third daughter^ has yet to become a 
bride^but we hope when she does it will be in the Martha-Mary 

Early this evening a small wedding party consisting 
of four people was seated in the small dining room of the Bin, 
where a small wedding cake had been placed and decorated with 
greens, baby*s breath and one dozen pink roses« Two white 
tapers also lent splendor to the occasion. 

The bride seemed much surprised but nevertheless, 
pleased with what she beheld on the table. 

Week of May 30, 1948 - June 5, 1948 inclusive 

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Sunday, May 30, 1948 Cloudy 

The drizzle which started to drizzle early this 
morning continued to drizzle all day. Holiday excursionists 
were not quite as numerous as we had expected them to be. 
Mr. Ralph Whitman, the pleasant Real Estate agent from 
Marlboro, arranged a family gathering in the large dining 
room at noon time. He was not the host, however. The bill 
was paid by Mr. Whitman's brother who is a bachelor and lives 
in South America. Every two or three years he comes to Marlboro 
and this year wanted a reunion of the Whitman clan. Twenty-eight 
of all ages and sizes were seated near the fireplace in a cozy 
semi-circle. All was bright and gay in contrast to the dismal 
drizzle just outside. 

?/onday, May 31, 1948 Cloudy 

The Reiss family, overnight guests for a few days, 
left this morning. The six members consist of father, 
mother, grandmother and three children and such well behaved 
children! We were sorry to seo them go, but they promised 
to come again next year. "This has become traditional", you 
know," said M r . fieiss. "The children love to repeat things 
they like." 

In the afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Tarr and Neil from 
Claremont, South Africa, came to see the house. The boy, 
with a pronounced English accent, said he was going to sit 
in all the chairs Longfellow sat in. 

Another visitor from far away was Dr. Waiter Hume 
Wai who registered from India, Satare District. During his 
most interesting conversation it was learned that Bhandi's 
son was a patient of his and that Ghandi, himself had come 
to see Dr. Wai several times. 

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Tuesday, June 1, 1948 Partly Cloudy 

Our reservation sheet was jammed with parties today. 
Consequently the Inn was jammed with people! Shortly after 
noon time, twenty-one young ladies from Leslie Co3.1ege in 
Cambridge, arrived by bus to hold a graduation luncheon in 
the large dining room where one table had been reserved for 
them in the center of the room. An hour later a woman's club 
group consisting of twenty-five members enjoyed luncheon 
served on the Porch. The afternoon gave us time to prepare 
for Mrs, Mullin's party of twenty- two from St. Anne's Woaans 
League ii. Shrewsbury, Mass. The largest party of the day was 
yet to some. A wedding in the Chapel at seven- thirty o'clock 
followed by a reception for one hundred and seventy-five guests. 
The Ball room presented a scene of gracious formality as the 
ladies in long, soft colored evening gowns and the men in 
regulation dinner jackets sttod in the receiving line to con- 
gratulate the happy couple. Fancy ices and our own home-made 
cake provided refreshment until the towering white Bride's cake 
was cut. 

Wednesday, June 2, 1948 Warm - Sunny 

Toaay was a day of many parties. First luncheon 
was served to over one hundred members of the Society for the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After luncheon a long 
meeting was held in the dining room with several speakers. 

In the old dining room a group of twenty-seven 
enjoyed their luncheon of Chicken a la King topped off with 
baked Indian Pudding. 

A group of thirty-one pupils and teachers from the 
Devotion School in Brookline came in to see the house after 
eating a picnic lunch at the Mill. For once the weather 
was favorable and the children thoroughly enjoyed their holi- 
day from studies. finally they left in their big bus to get 
back to Brookline and exams. 

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Wednesday, June 2, 194-8 (continued) 

Nineteen girls of college age came to dinner in the 
evening. This appeared bo be one of those unorganized parties. 
They sat down to dinner three quarters of an hour late. They 
came in different cars, two of which got lost, and they chatted 
and laughed from the time they arrived to the time they left 
late in the evening. The Inn seemed very quiet and peaceful 
when they had gone. 

A more orderly group of twenty-five had dinner on 
the Porch. Although they were all women they enjoyed every- 
thing in a much quieter way. We think possibly they were 

Thursday, June 3, 1948 Pleasant 

For many years the teachers at the State dermal 
School in Framingham have been winding up the school year 
with a dinner party at the Inn. This year was no exception 
and today was the day. Fifty-three places were set at 
tables arranged in horseshoe fashion in the large dining 
room. Large bowls of vari-colored garden flowers were 
brought in by members of the committee. Other members 
designed and made place cards. Consequently the tables 
made a pleasing and attractive picture. Combined with 
Roast Turkey and all the fixens, it proved to be a very 
successful part.) . *r. O'Connor, the principal, graciously 
shook hands when leaving and thanked us for a lovely time. 

Friday, June 4, 1948 Cloudy 

Thirty well conducted school children from the 
Hudson Packard Street School came to visit the Inn this 
afternoon. Miss McH&lly, their teacher, assured us that 
each and every one of her fourth and fifth grade pupils 
would be quiet and attentive while visiting the rooms in 
the Inn. They were indeed an interesting group of children, 
and when leaving, each expressed a desire to return to the 
Inn again real soon. 

Week of May 30, 1948 - June 5, 194S 

Friday, June 4, 1948 (continued) 

A glance at "Guest Register and we see that among 
our visitors today came people from Brazil, S. A., Vancouver, 
B. C, London England and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Saturday, June 'j, 1948 Rain 

Mr 3. Dorothy Villmont from Brookline, Massachusetos 
entertained fourteen friends at luncheon in the Inn's Old 
kitchen. It peing a cold, rainy day, the fire in the 
fireplace was a welcome sight to Kiss Villnont's guests. Bright 
colored garden flowers in a pewter bowl added one more touch of 
color to the already colorful red and white checked table cloth. 

Today's guests included ever so many people from 
Florida, Tampa - Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida, appeared 
on our register several times today. 

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Sunday, June 6, 1948 Cloudy 

One Important guest failed to appear at our 
wedding In the Martha-Mary Chapel this afternoon. He 
was the bright and warmly welcome Mr- Sun who refused to 
attend even for the short twenty minute period of the 
marriage ceremony. The other one hundred and twenty-five 
guests, In spite of gray skies, were cheerful and gay 
as they stood in line to congratulate the happy couple. 
The bride was the daughter of Mrs. Edward J. Lacy of 
Arlington, Massachusetts and she wore the traditional 
white bridal gown. Sandwiches, small cup cakes and ice 
cream were served at the reception. All this was very 
good. The ice cream might have been just a little 
bit more tasty and refreshing had our above mentioned 
guest put in his longed for appearance. . 

Monday, June 7, 1948 Rain 

The Farbach family left this morning after 
a visit of several days. The father, evidently English, 
preferred his own brand of tea and brought it each 
morning to the breakfast table in a large tin box. 
His small son was heard to ask if, when he got through 
Harvard, he could have hi3 own box of tea. 

A small group had a birthday luncheon in 
the old dining room. It consisted of three people, 
a young girl, her mother and the giri^s friend. It was 
the mother's birthday. The friend was carrying a cake 
in her hands when she arrived. Having made it herself 
she had finally managed to get it here safely travelling 
by train and by automobile. While «e were admiring the 
cake the mother looked discreetly out of the window so 
as to be completely surprised when it was brought into 
the dining room. 




Week of June 6-12, 1943 inclusive 

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Tuesday, June 8, 194S Cloudy 

Berlin, Massachusetts is a little town not far from 
the Inn, but it is far from big cities. It*s inhabitants are 
mostly farming people and their children are spotlessly clean. 
So we noticed as thirty- three of them came into the Inn this 
morning to be "shown around". Each wide-eyed youngster 
carried a paper bag or a tin box filled with those wonderful 
sandfciches which Mother had packed at an early hour. After 
walking through the house quietly, like little mice, the 
children ran through the fields, jumped over stone walls and 
bridged Hop Brook to the Grist Mill. Here the boxes and bags 
were opened. Home made sandwiches never tasted so good! 

Forth-tnree t»achers from the Girls Trade School 
in Worcester enjoyed two hours of dancing in our large 
ballroom this evening. They exhibited some of the old- 
fashioned steps which had been taught in their school during 
the Winter. The dancing was preceded by a turkey dinner 
served on the Porch. 

Two more parties were added to today's schedule. 
One was a group of seventy teachers from the Waltham High 
School who ate in the large dining room at six o'clock and 
the other was a party of nine in the °ld Kitchen. The 
latter was planned by Mrs. I»e Roy Miner for two June gradu- 
ates and their parents. The parents were from "way out $est" 
and were particularly charmed with the Inn. Mrs. Miner 
explained, "I think the Inn is Hew England all wrapped up 
in one bundle!" 

Wednesday, June 9, 194& Sain 

The rain is continuing in June just as it did 
in May. To add insult to injury it is cold and today 
steam heat was necessary. There was a small wedding at 
the Ghapel. There was no reception here but much coming 
and going. The bride who had a room for dressing finally 
decided to dress at the Chapel ratner than risk getting 
wet in the pouring rain in her bridal finery. All her 
things had to be carried over to the Chapel. 

In all the flurry Mrs. Purdy sat quietly by 
the fire in the Bar room reading the diaries. Since she 
began with the February numbers it took her some tdme, but 

Week of June 6-12, 1948 inclusive 

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Wednesday, June 9, 1946 (continued) 

she finally got up to date. 

Ir. Walker from Bridgton, Maine came into see the 
house aftec which he asked to see some books on antiques* 
Those of Wallace Nutting were shown him. He seemed intensely 
interested in them and we learned that he was a master 
craftsman and made reproductions of 17th Century furniture 
in knotty pine. He showed us one example of his work, in 
his circular called a blacksmith's shoein' kit. It was 
beautifully made and finished with a soft wax giving it a 
natural appearing patina. 

Thursday, June 10, 1948 Cloudy 

A wedding which was small in relation to previous 
weddings in our Chapel, occured this afternoon when the 
daughter of *r. and M r s. Edward Fenway of Framingham Centre 
became the bride of Mr. John L« Archibald. The ceremony 
was performed at three o'clock followed by a reception in 
the old Ball-room. Thirty-five friends were here to con- 
gratulate the happy couple. 

In the evening another wedding was held In the 
Chapel for Miss Louise Delorey of Stowe, Massachusetts. 
Mrs* Fisher presided at the organ and played soft music 
during the candle light service. About forty guests 
witnessed the ceremony. 

Friday, June 11, 1948 Cloudy 

As one of our guests was paying his luncheon 
bill he told U3 that on T u esday he had eaten at V.illiams- 
burg, Wednesday at The Little Hatchet at Mount Vernon and 
Thursday at a place in Washington, D. C. but by far the 
best meal of all was the one he had just eaten here at 
the Wayside Inn. 

Old kitchen Dinners seem to be growing in 
popularity. This evening a group of Wellesley College 
girls and their parents enjoyed a roast lamb dinner by 

candlelight and crackling fireplace. 

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Saturday, June 12, 1948 Sunny 

Miss KacKechnie's wedding day and everyone 
said "the sun is shining for "Bunny" i" 

We were very glad because she had spent so 
ouch time and thought on every last detail it would 
have been just too bad if the weather had been unco- 

She herself came in the morning and arranged 
the pale pink gladiolas in two jars by the fireplace 
in the large ballroom where the reception was to take 
place. She tsvined the delicate green maiden hair fern 
around her wedding cake on U;e round silver tray. It 
was the loveliest cake we have ever had, being a three 
tier and decorated all over with roees of palest pink 
frosting. At the Chapel a huge basket of Easter iillies, 
white carnations and white snapdragons decorated tiie 

Our summer hostess, Barbara Eaton was maid of 
honor and wore a gown of pale green net. Against her 
blonde hair a most attractive little head dress deco- 
rated with real pink rose buds looked very lovely and 
she carried a basket filled vith trie same flower - 

Miss Mac&echnie made a very sweet bride. 
Her gown of lace and net just 3uited her. The pale 
green dresses of her maid of honor and t*o bride's 
maids made a charming background for her. 

Mr. KacKechnie, the bride's father is a former 
Wayside Inn employee and Mr. Donald Campbell, among many 
other friends of the Inn family, who attended the wedding 
as well as the reception was manager here at one time. 
The music in the ballroom was furnished by Mr. Campbell's 
two young daughters, one playing the violin and the other 
the piano. 

The happy bridal couple finally departed amid 
shower 8 of confectui to spend a short week in Maine, 
Everyone is delighted that, Bnany, now iSrs. Flint, will 
continue to work here as hostess. 

Week of June 13 - 19, 1943 inclusive 
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Sunday, June 13, 1948 Cloudy 

Schools and colleges are holding final graduation 
exercises and Massachusetts is full of parents cosing on from 
the West and other sections of the country to see their 
offspring receive a diploma. Not a few of the sweet girl 
graduates are at Welle sley College and today several parties 
were arranged for them in our large dining room. Two or three 
long table 3 were filled with young folks and adoring mammas and 
papas. Once when a pretty brunette was a little late in 
arriving, her entrance into the dining room brought forth lusty 
cheers and handclapping. She blushed modestly while her mother 
beamed with pride at her daughter's popularity. 

In another corner of the dining room a table was 
decorated for a wedding party of ten. The bride was the 
former Miss Ruth Christiansen of W a ltham, Massachusetts. 

Monday, June 14, 1948 Pleasant 

This morning was noteworthy in that the sun rose in 
a comparatively clear sky. Even the customary fog was missing 
and the sun shining through the leaves made shadows on the roofs. 
*t brought out the colors of the flag flying from its staff in 
front of the Inn where it had been put in honor of Flag Day. 

Several bus groups from Central Falls, Ehode Island 
went through the house during the day. 

In the evening Mr. Talcott, the author of our letter 
booklet, which, by the way, is selling by the hundreds, had 
dinner on the porch with ten other people. 

The Fisher Business School arrived two hundred strong 
in Gray Line buses as they did last year. Dinner waa served in 
the large dining room, "turkey and all the fixin's" followed by 
a meeting with music and speaking. 

the hmside IBB 


WeeJfc of June 13 - 19, 1943 inclusive 

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Tuesday, June 15, 1948 Partly Cloudy 

The wide- sweeping green meadow stitched with gray 
stone walls which surround the Inn provide an excellent 
setting for a picnic lunch. Here and there a clump of old 
trees give enough shade to make an ideal spot where one can 
munch on those so-good sandwiches and listen to the music of 
Summer-loving birds. Perhaps the picnicer will lie down by 
the side of Hop brook and watch it splash over its uneven, 
rocky bed of stones or follow its winding course under the 
bridge of stone where the "loung Sicilian* was want to lean 
over the rail and watch the speckled trout glide by. Our 
loung Sicilian of the present day was leaning o'er the rail 
this morning, but reported that no speckled trout can be seen 
gliding through Hop Brook in this present day and age. However, 
the small boy picnicer is tempted to take off shoes and stock- 
ings and dangle his feet in the cool soothing stream. He rebels 
at old Father Time when he finally lays his hand upon the 
boy's shoulder and says, "I^'s time to go back to the city* - 
So we are reluctant to go back to today's news for the Diary. 
Wc had rather listen to the birds or dangle our feet in 
Hop Brook I But Father Time beckons and we hasten to look 
at black and white reports t Xes, there was a picnic today. 
Twenty-eight fourth graders from Wgllesley visited the house 
and grounds and ate their lunch at the picnic table down 
beside Hop Brook. 

Wednesday, June 16, 1948 Sunny 

The day started off with a very simple wedding 
ceremony in the Chapel. Only fourteen guests were present. 
The bride, a lovely blonde, wore an aqua suit with a most 
becoming hat and shoes to match. Pale yellow orchids of 
her corsage completed the picture. Luncheon was served in 
tiie old kitchen for the wedding guest . The menu consisted 
of fresh fruit cup, baked haddock with lobster sauce and 
strawberry shortcake. Contrary to old kitchen dinner 
tradition, the table cloth and flowers were white in honor 
of the bride. 

Another group of children from the Devotion School 
in Bi-ookline went through the house and there were two dinner 
parties in the evening. One was for a group of thirty-two 
employees of the Somerville National Bank and the other much 
smaller but very select, was for Mis3 Doxey. She is a fre- 
quent guest and tonight she and her three friends sat down to 
a lobster newburg which they said was delicious. 

leek of June 13 - 19 > 1948 inclusive 

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Thursday, June 17, 1943 Partly Cloudy 

Bunker Hill Day (June 17th) is considered a holiday 
in some sections of Boston, particularly Charlestown where the 
Battle of Bunker Hill was fought. Relatively few business 
houses were closed however, and the mober of Inn visitors was 
not substantially increased by "holiday* crowds. 

le have received a picture xxjst-card from Mrs. Robert 
Flint, formerly Margaret Mac&echnie, a member of our hostess 
staff, now honeymooning in Maine. 

The mail has brought a copy of *New Ehgland Art 
Museums and Historic Homes 8 published for the benefit of 
Summer tourists. It will be a good reference book for our 
out-of-state visitors. 

Friday, June 18, 1948 Cloudy 

Conventions go on in spite of the weather and today 
machinists and grocers were our guests. They are convening 
in Boston and those who wanted to see historic sites came our 
way. They lunched and looked, then lounged in the easy 
chairs on the front lawn. Towards supper time when the house 
was relatively quiet, another bus stopped in our parking place. 
Seventeen school teachers from tforth Carolina on an educational 
tour dicta* t have time to lunch or lounge. They just looked. 

Saturday, June 19, 1948 Pleasant 

A group of twenty-one young ladies gathered in the 
old Dining Room of the Inn this noon where a small engagement 
party was held for Miss Murry of Dedham, Massachusetts. The 
guest of honor, Miss Murry sat at the head of the table and 
looked as charming as a young bride could look in her yellow 
organdy dress and natural straw picture hat. 

Week of June 13 - 19, 1943 inclusive 

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Saturday, June 19, 1948 (continued) 

At the same time, still another party, was being 
held in the large Ball Room. This being a wedding reception 
which followed the ceremony in the Chapel. The bride, Hi s 
Ormunsden from Waltham, received her guests in front of the 
fire place in the Ball Room and looked lovely in her pure white 
satin gown, set off by the pink and blue of her 
attendants and two bouquets of pink and white peonies. 

A second wedding and reception took place in the late 
afternoon. About one hundred guests attended the wedding and 
reception of Mi S s Logan of t.altham, Massachusetts. 

A tall white wedding cake adorned the buffet table 
and was set off with white tapers and greens which were festooned 
on the front of the table cloth. This was truly a day of brides. 
The Inn has seen many lovely brides this month and our brides 
today certainly added to the splendor of this month oi June. 

Week of June 20-26, 1943 inclusive 

Sunday, June 20, 1948 Pleasant 

Xesterday afternoon Miss Fisher attended the wedding 
of %s. Bennett's son who was married in the Episcopal Church 
at ^ingham, Massachusetts. Mrs* Bennett is the faithful 
teacher in our Mary Lamb School and formerly taught in the 
Southwest School • In fact, she has taught here many years 
during the course of which she brought up a family of three 
girls and one boy. The boy, Harrison, was the last to be 

Speaking of our teachers, not long ago we received 
a letter from Miss Martha Hopkins who will be remembered as 
the very firstteacher in the Mary Lamo School after it was 
moved from Sterling &o the Inn. She was on her way to #ew 
^ork to visit a neice and said that she often thought back 
on her time at the Inn as a very happy episode in her life. 
Miss Hopkins lives most of the year in Bangor, Maine with 
a very old ana dear friend. 

Monday, June 21, 1948 Pleasant 

On this first day of summer the sun is shining. 
We hope that this as a portent of better aays to come. 
Among our visitors a Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton had lunch. While 
his wife was writing postal cards, %*. Hamilton told us he 
works now for some Electric Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts, 
but at one time as a young boy 3 he worked for Thomas Edison. 
•ke has a collection of about two hundred pieces, fhey are 
mostly lamps made by Edison ^some dating back to 1884.. 

Among requests recently made was one for the outline 
of the original key hanging in the Redstone School, the 
letter came from a Miss *ertz who lives in San Diego, California, 
She had been looking through Samuel Chamberlain ' s "Camera 
Impressions" and as she is a collector of rare old keys was 
interested to read about the one at the school. 

Week of June 20 - 26, 194-8 inclusive 

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Tuesday, June 22, 1948 Pleasant 

Se are nob yet in the thick of the tourist season, 
but the arrival of the Grey Line bus each day reminds us that 
we are fast approaching the busiest tine of the year. So far 
the Grey Line has not brought more than fifty luncheon guests 
and generally not over thirty, but the number will increase 
after July 1st, The American Express Company, Thomas Gook 
& Son and the T&uck Tours, all from Hew Xork, are each planning 
to have a weekly luncheon stop here through July arid August. 
Also scheduled are four tour groups conducted by the National 
Education Association and the annual visit of the Bixler 
Tours from New Philadelphia, Ohio. 

Wednesday, June 23, 194-B Raia 

In spite of inclement weather several groups of 
children came to see the Inn. A group of Brownies arrived 
in the sorning and in the afternoon thirty- two Girl Stamfea 
went through the house. They cane in at intervals in smaller 
groups to stand, by the fire to get dry. Like true Girl 
Scouts they had eaten their luncheon outdoors. The skies 
were only threatening then. But when the rain come down in 
w-xnest the girls had to seek shelter ia the Inn. They were 
under the supervision of a Mrs. Brown whose husband is the 
Lincoln-Mercury Service Vtemgpc for ohi 1 ; area. A large 
party of about sixty-five people irons &aat V.iilpole. besides 
many transients wound up the business of the day. 

Week of June 20-26, 1948 inclusive 

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Thursday, June 24, 1948 Pleasant 

This noon a group of thirty-nine teachers, repre- 
senting about fifteen different states had luncheon here. 
Their guide for the afternoon was *r» Lanta of the New England 
Educational Association, As so often happens lately, t>he 
New England weather did everything in its power to dampen 
their visit. 

Although we did not overhear any of the table con- 
versation of Dr. Mauser's party this evening, we could easily 
imagine that atomic energy and other scientific discoveries 
were being discussed. There were ninety men in the group, 
scientists from all parts of the world. Snatches of 
conversation heard later in the Bar room lee us know that one 
man was contemplating buying a home in Switzerland. 

A wedding rehearsal tonight at the Chapel. After- 
wards sixteen people, bridal party members and parents, ease 
to the Inn for a turkey dinner. Miss kea, the bride-elect 
is being married Saturday morning at the Chapel. 

Friday, June 25, 1943 Sunny - Hot 

A wedding dinner given upon the eve of Miss Emily 
iioward's marriage to **r. Calmer Bigelow, Jr. of ^orthooro, 
was held this evening at the Inn. The Porch was aaae the 
setting for the occasion. One long table was placed in the 
center of the room and set up for seventeen guests. All 
arrived and were seated at the table which had been appro- 
priately set isith snowy white table cloth, crystal candle 
sticks which held four white tapers and a graceful bowl 
of carnations in shades of cinnamon pink, yellow and white. 
Our bride-to-be carried out the pastel color combination 
in a champagne silk crepe dress with pink accessories. 

the waiside ink 


Week of June 20-26, 1948 inclusive 

Saturday, June 26, 194S Very Warm 

Miss Hiaily ^oward, who was honored at a wedding 
dinner last evening, became the bride of Mr, Palmer bigelow, 
Jr. of Northboro this morning at 10:30 AM in the Martha- 
Mary Chapel. 

Twenty-nine guests attended the wedding and 
breakfast which followed at the Inn. 

The Porch was again made the setting and tables 
for three, four and five were attractively decorated with 
blue delpineum, pink gladiolas and white carnations while 
the wedding cake was placed on a special table to the right 
of the head table where the bride and groom and their guests 
could plainly see it. 

Our bride was gowned in an ankle length pearl 
gray lac© dress. She wore a pink hat and gloves and carried 
an old-fashioned bouquet of pink rosea. The bride's only 
attendant wore a dark green lace dress fashioned along the 
same lines as that of the bride. She wore a natural colored 
straw hat and carried yellow rose.:. 

Ha rxsesi in 

leek of June 27, 194S - July 3, 1943 incla 

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Sunday, «*une 27, 1943 Partly Cloudy 

To brighten another cloudy day -was our friend Reveret. 
Parker from Weilesloy aho, ir> spite -ing years, alwa 
greets us with a wave of his hand and a cheery smile . M ore, he 
usually has an amusing story to tell which makes -~gh. His 
-vtory today ama about another Reverend Parker who used to live 
in ftellesley too. The "other" Parker dU . fcJLy and & Ioj 
obituary notice appeared in the local newspaper. * v ojple coal' used 
the tr.o Parkers and when our &r. Parser Walked into trie Vsellesley 
library on a recent a on, the little old librarian la* 
extremely shocked. "She was just astounded to see me walking 
around" said *r. Parker "and she exclaimed, "why, Mr. Parker I 
thought you were now a little Angel J" Reverend Parser could 
hardly Oe imagined sJ a Ii J . Lgel. He is tall, broad 
shouldered with very large features! 

Monday, June 28, 194# Pleas 

This norning heavy slate covered the countrysiue. 
be vara accessary for those driving 
But later in the day the sun came out a She fog away. 

Three men walked up to the bar and said, n UL. 
** bre< Southern preachers." They vara al 

from fsouth Carolina and Best appreciative of the good food , 
well as the courtesy of the house and in prone unced Southern 
accents thanked us rmny time. 5. 

The Bowkers 1 beautiful roses are dropping their 

lovely petals today. ff| ey are so exquisite in odor and texture 
we hate to throw |bea away. &rs. Stone said she could use them 
at a birthuay party for her little four— y earmold granddaughter- 
Carolyn, the baby*s cousin, and a "Mary Lamber? had suggested 
showering the baby with syringa blossoms ud bed quite a few 

the iaiside e1s 

Week of June 27 - July 3, 1943 inclusive 

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Tuesday, June 29, 1943 Pleasant 

Before Mr. E. Dwight Ewing left the Inn this morning 
on his way home to California, he examined our Revolutionary 
murket hanging in the Bar room. He said it rem hided' hira of ■ 
flint-lock which he picked up in the hills of ra. The 
one he found wa- made by a prisoner in the Tower of London. 
This he discovered by the letters G. R. stamped upon the gun 
which stand for Georse, Slag, the word ■Towel* la 

cernable and a faint impression of tho tradi.. 
of En~. . Mr. Ewing gave us a brief history of JSarratra and 
tola how the English drore the aborigines out or rather into 
the moun tains, then took the country. Later they traded it 
with the l>at- r guest was also i ted in Lerd 
figure oi a man which he claims he 3aw s feting in a ohair in 

:>ecirco" during hi a overnight S1 ':• the 1 . : ..r. 
Ewing loo Dee a sensible, practical 9Bt% o. , but h 
imagination scored a hit last night when » bet Lke 

personage appeared before him as distinct as a real live aaal 
"someday, I'll be able to identify that midnight visitor anG 
I r ii let you know who he was" said *r. Lvi. \u waved goodbye. 

Wednesday, June 30, 1948 Very Warm 

Sight seers as well as those who came to eat went 
through the house rather listlessly because of the heat 
extremely high humidity. The Bishops, a family of five, 
including a baby, arrived in two cars, one a jeep, just in 
time to escape a thunderstorm and the accompanying downpour. 
The hai)j was very well-behaved and ate his especially prepared 
food sitting up in a high chair with the others in the old 
dining room. Even when the lights went out after a particular ly 
briliient flash of lightning there was not a murmur from the 
baby. Candles were brought forth and the diner 3 conti 
eating by this pleasant soft light aided by the emergency 
lights which come on automatically when the electricity goes off, 
Barbara Eaton, a ne^er hostess,, was delighted %o be able to see 
the bar room in the glow of candlelight as in the old days and 
ewat around lighting the candles in the sconces, fens one hanging 
over the bar and the Paul Revere Lantern. 

of June 27 - h0& 3, HM Inclusive- 
Thursday, **** ~> !**■ Pleasant 

A lovely, sunny day and with it casie people frocs twenty 
states end four countries. Ar-oug our quests were a couple who 
had spent their *eddin£ ni^it here thirty- jmuta ftfp* 

tna* sen: ts 

C» : oucyao- 

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Dressed in his Sea 

ire anoafi oi-r ochc:. . .<rotht;a 

Hucktl oi che li« Hubert's School - . ;.ed 

iu.uer fchii &r» la stti 

iri-i*v* ^ v *lj ^> Very . _<- 

o Inn has welcosed a grei-t cany das groups this 

fron? Bo s t^i lorn. INxlay the Shows Qa - 9 

froc iiew *ork brought a group of twenty- 1. r luncheon and 

a toUi - Our gu<, , .i Lhc . 

they couic view • ". _ 


I after j. . iamured 

and fifteen college girls Ti^itcd t e Ian. 


Saturday, July 3, 1948 fen 

An early luncheon 
T 8*. Thif fceiff first visit to the Ibb this 

year Sid xru to greeting the& once sgsij . 

A taoie fog ten «as set on the porch I 
for a asi&li - .y. The bride h \a hostess WB&k 

for sany year:* b-oth at the Abner Kheeler B n Franln^bssi 

aad ^t the Keauows, so *a here at the Ian fei wft to 

be able to arrange her t?edding dinner. 

Week of June 27 - July 3, 194-8 inclusive 

Saturday, July 3> 194.8 (continued) 

cmed that the couple ceme to the Inn 
on their first dinner engagement, so the bride was esneciali] 
anxious to come back on her weddir: 

A second wedding too'.: place this evening in the 

Room of the Inn. A table for twenty w 
and decorated with pink glad io Is, blue delphinium arid 

Lte carnal. . all of which r/ere banned around 

the snowy white bride's c:.:e in the center of the table. 
Four ere lighted end added just the correct 

touch to the ptz 

Week of July 4-10, 1948, inclusive 

Sunday, July 4, 1948 Pleasant 

Seekers of holiday fun are being blessed with clear 
skies, warm sunshine and low humidity. Faint echoes of 
bursting fire crackers reach our ears every now and then from 
Sudbury Center where traditional "Fourth" 3tunts are being 
held including a Parac Barbara Eaton our Summer hostess 
will ride on a "float" and %s. Stone's grand-daughter will 
compete for first prise in the doll carriage parade. Here at 
the Inn we are entertaining holiday visitors froa practically 
ev ry state in the union add irany foreign countries. These 
far-av<ay places were linked to the Inn today by signatures and 
addresses in our Guest Boo*. 

Monday, July 5, 1948 wars 

No new birds have been reported late It is 
now the season for building nests and they are even too DU3y 
to sing. Mr. Saint and his chi3.dren have been watching a 
large brown bird build its ne£t down deep in the hollow of an 
apple cree in their front yaru. They can now hear the young 
ones beginning to chirp. After consulting all the bird books 
available it has been decided this one must be a flicker. 

A family of purple martins has its home in the same 
tree and the Saints find it very interesting to watch these 
two families of birds bringing up their young. 

A brood of twelve tiny ducklings were seen in the 
brook by the Mill doing their best to make headway against 
the swift current and succeeding very well. 

Tuesday, July 6, 1948 Pleasant 

The house is back to normal with its steady flow 
of visitors in contrast to spasmodic throngs over the holiday. 
The weather also has returned to more normal proceedure for 
the month of July. Thunder storms occured this afternoon. 


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Tuesday, July 6, 1948 (continued) 

A family of lour wandered into the house early 
this morning and asked for Breakfast. They were from 
Everett, Washington. 

A commotion in the Bar room this afternoon was 
caused by a small boy who had sampled the comfort of our 
little old child's chair and found it to fit his require- 
ments exactly. When the boy's mother picked him up and 
out of the chair there was much weeping arid wailing, enough 
to be heard all over the house. As Mother departed with 
the shrieking and yes, kicking^boy atop her shoulder, she 
explained and half apologized - *Xou see, " she said, "he 
wants very much to take the chair along with him! r 

Wednesday, July 7, 1948 Cool and Clear 

Today was one of those "i 
h . ve in «*une. After the severe thunder and lightening, rain 
and hail of last night it is not surprising that the skies 
were washed clean and everything sparkled this morning. 

Mrs. Geehan, who has lived on the estate for many 
years, brought some friends to dinner. They live in Oregon 
and were very enthusiastic about the Inn and New England in 

The Fox family, consisting of nine people and two 
dogs arrived bag and baggage for their annual visit. They 
are on their way to Maine where they have a summer home. 

Mr. J. B, Campbell from Philadelphia came for 
dinner and a chat with his many friends. &e spent some time 
here in 1928 when he was building trie Mill. He is an expert 
on water wheels and likes to remember the time when he first 
came to the Inn with not much money in his pocket and having 
to hire a tixi to bring him out from Boston. 

Week of July 4 - 10, 1948 inclusive 


Thursday, July 8, 1948 Sunny and Harm 

the National Education Association is running Summer 
educational tours for teachers. Teachers fros all parts of 
the west, meeting in Chicago, are touring New England and 
having as part of their program a luncheon stop at the Inn. 
Today about thirty came as per schedule and after luncheon 
were told the story of the house. Some took notes with pencil 
and paper, while others absorbed the history by listening 
intently and asking intelligent questions. One expressed her 
appreciation in this way. "Why, she said, "this is just 
exactly what I came to New England fori* 

Friday, July 9, 1948 Very «arm 

One of our dinner guests strolled through the 
garden while waiting to be called for dinner and later 
remarked that she was looking for a special plant named 
"anchusia". This plant she explained grew in the garden 
here at the Inn when the Howes owned the Inn. Our guest 
went on to explain that her mother is a descendent of the 
Howe family and the *anchusia plants which once grew in 
the Inn garden^was now in her possession. Our guest 
explained "my mother will pass it on to me, for our family 
has cherished it for many years.* She did not, however, 
find a specimen of the plant in the Inn's old-fashioned 
garden of today. 

Saturday, July 10, 1948 Pleasant 

A charming young lady all the way from Middle town, 
Connecticut anal a young man tka^'nas just been graduated 
from lale University took their marriage vows this afternoon 
in our Martha-4eary Chapel. The bride wore an attractive 
gown of white organdie and carried a whits prayer book with 
a single white orchid. Her only attendant wore pale blue 
organdie and carried pink rose buds. 

The alter in the Chapel was banked with white 
gladioli, ini es a^ white carnations. Two palms were used 
on either side of the altar and formed an impressive back- 
ground for the bridal party. 

leek of July 4 - 10, 1948 inclusive 

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Saturday, July 10, 1948 (continued) 

The reception for about fifty guests followed in 
the small Ball room of the inn. Tue long buffet table held 
the billowy white wedding cake, which was further set off 
by white tapers and green sand baby*s breath. 

Our bride and groom will live in East Grand Rapids, 
Michigan where the groom will take the position as principal 
of the East Grand Rapid o High School. 

The couple promised to send us a wedding picture and 
also to return to the inn in the near future. 

Week of July 11 - 17, 19U8 inclusive 
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Sunday, July 11, 1°U8 Very Warm 

One of those happy families appeared before us at 
the dinner hour and decided they would eat* They were a bit 
unusual, this smiling family, not because they looked so happy 
but because of a fine appearing mother and dad and four hand- 
some boysi And were the boys hungry t They were all of 
•teen age and we couldn't help thinking for a minute of today's 
cost of living for a family of that size and age. But dad 
wanted them to eat at Longfellow's Wayside Inn. The little 
mother looked on modestly and approvingly and later volunteered 
that her family actually consisted of six boys and one girl. 
She told us that she and Mr. Schaffer visited the Inn about 
twenty years ago. "But we only had one boy then" she said. The 
Schaffer 's home is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

Monday, July 12, l?li8 Very Warm 

The usual Gra,,- Line buses arrived and departed and 
many other luncheon and dinner guests enjoyed the hospitality 
of the Inn. There were many sightseers. In spite of the 
heat people seemed interested in the house and anxious not to 
miss anything. 

In the absence of Barbara Eaton, who is taking a 
short vacation at her family's summer home in New Hampshire, 
Mrs. Bennett came to help us. ie are very glad of her 
assistance as she knows the ropes so well. 

On the outside the Inn is getting an extra going 
Over in preparation for the moving pictures to be taken soon. 
All the lamps are sparkling and the iron frames are getting 
an extra coat of black paint. The grass is being cut and the 
edges of the lawns made straight and trim. We are in the 
movies now. 

Week of July 11 - 17, 191*8 inclusive 
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Tuesday, July 13, 191*8 Partly Cloudy 

Miss Alberta MacFarlene is staying several days to 
help with the moving picture, "imerica's Heritage of Hospitality", 
which is being photographed in front of the Inn. At least one 
scene will be photographed here, in color. Miss MacFarlane is 
Educational Director of the National Restaurant Association. 

A very nice lady from Los Angeles stopped for a minute 
at the old Bar the other day to tell us of her enthusiasm for 
Mew Egland. She had stayed a few days in Concord and said she 
could easily understand how and why Thoreau had written, "I have 
travelled widely in Concord." There is so much tc see at every 
turn, she said, and added that New England was way beyond her 
expectations in beauty and charm. 

Wednesday, July H*, 191*8 Cool - Cloudy 

Mr. Hamilton arrived from Detroit this afternoon to 
spend a few days with us. We hope he will enjoy his stay and 
that the cloudy skies will clear soon. 

The moving picture people also want pleasant weather 
and departed tlds morning to find it in Whitman where they 
took pictures at the Toll House. Later in the day they came 
back and there is great excitement and interest concernin 
everything they do. The sun obliged them by appearing late 
in the day, too late to be of any use. So everyone is looking 
forward to tomorrow when pleasant weather has been predicted. 
The restaurant industry is sponsoring this movie which is to 
be called "America's Heritage of Hospitality." 


Week of July 11-17, 191*8 inclusive 
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Thursday, July 1$, 19li8 Very Pleasant 

Our very first guests this morning were a pleasant little 
family of four. Two daughters were instructed by mother and dad 
to "see everything". They were on their way from Maine to Florida 
where they will make their home. Next to cross our threshold were 
three ladies on their way to California. 

The picture taking for "America's Heritage of Hospitality" 
was done in earnest today as the sun shone almost continuously all 
day. Stars appearing as Colonial guests entering this 17th Century 
Tavern were our pretty hostess Mrs. Flint and tall, good-looking 
John Carpenter from Marlboro. They made a handsome couple in 
Puritan costume. Over and over again they walked down our front 
walk and entered the Inn - just to get exactly the right "shot" 
for the camera men. 

Friday, July 16, 19l|8 Pleasant 

Dr. Huntley has been spending a few days with us and 
as usual has made many trips to the meadows and streams in search 
of rare wild flowers. He picked us a huge bouquet of flaming 
red fire weed and we kept it on display for several days. 

Mrs. Huntley, accompanied by two friends arrived to 
take Dr. Huntley home. Mrs. Huntley has been unable to move 
about or go out doors for several years, so this ride to the 
Inn was a great treat to her as well as to Dr. Huntley. 

Mrs. Huntley enjoyed the rooms in the Inn and also 
the afternoon tea on the porch. Mrs. Huntley also reported 
that her dish of "fresh peach" ice cream was simply delicous. 

Week of July 11 - 17, 19*$ inclusive 

Saturday, July 17, 19U8 Fair and Warm 

Miss Helga Johnson from Worcester, Massachusetts 
was married this afternoon at a four o'clock wedding in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel. 

About fifty guests attended the wedding and re- 
ception which followed at the Inn. 

The bride trore an afternoon length powder blue 
watered taffeta dress and her one attendant was gowned in 
a pink watered taffeta dress. Both carried an old-fashioned 
bouquet of pink roses, tied with a blue ribbon. 

The buffet table held the towering white wedding 
cake which was set off by white tapers, greens and pale 
pink roses. 

Dancing was enjoyed by all present, the cake was 
cut and our bride and groom departed on their honeymoon. 


Week of July 18th - 2l*th, 191*8 inclusive 

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Sunday, July 18, 19U8 Pleasant 

The peak of the tourist season is here, bringing 
opportunities galore. We mean opportunities for service. 
Sere they come down the front walk and across our threshold, 
hundres of people from every corner of the United States. 
And they all need something. It may be food or it may be 
lodging, but each and every one of them needs a kind, friend- 
ly word to speed him on his way. Picture if you can, these 
people in their own living rooms, way back last winter when 
the snow piled up to the window sills. There they sat, of a 
long cold night, by the light of a reading lamp, studying and 
looking ov.r maps. They are planning a trip to New England 
"next summer". They point with a pencil to Route 23 in the 
Berkshire Hills, pick up Route 20 outside of iVestfield, follow 
it to Springfield then on through Sturbridge, Marlboro and to 
the Wayside Inn at South Sudbury. "#e must stop there" says 
Pa to L£a and the kids chime in "Yes, please stop there." So 
here they are at last, dressed in comfortable cotton dresses 
and shirts and the youngsters in bright colored plaid ginghams. 
fthat an opportunity there is in just such a family to contribute 
to their pleasure and happiness. What joy and sorry too, they 
bring to our portals! 

"Like ships that pass in the night 
And speak each other in passing." 

We can speak a kindly word, a cheering word or a 
comforting word or lend a helping hand. This is our special 
Summer task. 

Monday, July 19, 19U8 Warm 

A young girl, a native of Hawaii, was a passenger 
today on the Gray Line bus. Mr. and Mrs. Jenks who came to 
lunch quite often got into conversation w'th her and learned 
that she has been making an extensive tour of the United 
States. She enjoyed looking through the Inn and did it very 
thoroughly. She said "This will have to last me for ten 
years, you know." 

Week of July 1 8th - 2kth, 19h8 inclusive 

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Monday, July 19, 19U8 (continued) 

A tall vase filled with purple pickerel weed stands 
on a table in the Bar room. Dr. Huntley "risked life and limb' 1 
to get them for us. Ke said "I have fulfilled a lifelong 
ambition. These flowers grow in water or very wet places and 
it has always been impossible for me to get near them." When 
asked if he got wet he said "Well, not very!" 

Tuesday, July 20, 19h& Pleasant 

Recent Guests 

Seventy-two High School girls, all from 
southern states visited the Inn las I week. 
They were brought up from the South to 
help Massachusetts farmers with their 
bummer crops. 

Woman from California: "This is one place 
where you feel like being a shop-lifter." 

Teacher looking at huge butter bowl in the 
old Kitchen: "In those days you didn't 
have to ask apologetically for one more 
piece of butter!" 

Quest: "I heard about the Wayside Country 
Store when I was up in Maine, where is it?" 

Wednesday, July 21, 19hB Very i^arm 

A father and mother came to make arrangements 
for the wedding of their daugter who is in Detroit. The 
ceremony is to take place in October. Several weddings 
are scheduled for oeptember and October and this one will 
make two in one day. 

Rev. Silva from Cushing Hospital came to dinner 
with fourteen nurses who are members of his choir. They 
seamed most appreciative of their broiled chicken dinner, 
and the table looked very lovely with pewter eandlesticks 
on each side of a low pewter bowl of red bee balm. 

Week of July 18th - 2hth, 191*8 inclusive 

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Wednesday, July 21, 191*3 (continued) 

Dr. Mary Moore brought Father ftalsh to dinner. Because 
he comes from Williamsburg, Virginia she thought he would be 
interested in seeing the ;1Eayside Inn. He is pastor of St. Bede's 
and said he wanted to see this place because they talk 30 much 
about it in V/illiamsburj. And he added "It is charraingl M 

Thursday, July 22, 191*8 Pleasant 

A telephone call from Port .Washington, New York the 
other evening heralded the arrival today of Mrs. Ross and her 
daughter Ann. They are on their way to the fashionable Cape 
Codder Hotel at Falmouth, Massachusetts where Ann will give a 
series of exixibition dives during the forth coming champion- 
ship swimming meet. Ann has won the Vonen's National Diving 
title no less than nine times. She looks like a school girl 
with closely bobbed hair and girlish features. V/e know her 
"when" 3he took an advanced course in physical education at 
t<eilesley college • She was there two years about two years 
aso. At that time Mrs. Ross wo Id often stay at the Inn thile 
visiting her daughter. Both are fond of the Inn and make ua 
feel that they are always happy to be back again. A large 
picture of Ann ascending the ladder from the Cape Codder pool 
appeared in a recent newspaper. 

Friday, July 23, 191*8 Pleasant 

Recent Guests 

We do not see aa many of our regular guests in 
the summertime for the hot weather takes them to the beaches 
and other vacation lands. However, the Inn welcomed Many 
of its regular guests this week and among them came Dr. and 
Mrs. Bell, their son and two grandsons, who come each Sunday 
and sit at their usual table on the Porch. Mrs. Bell loves 
flowers and almost always wears a gardinia or red rose on 
her dress. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jenks have been here several times 
this week to luncheon. They are a devoted old couple and 
always sit and chat with us for quite some time after 

Week of July 18 - 2lith, 19U8 inclusive 

Friday, July 23, 19li8 (continued) 

Mr. Livermoor, along with his sister, continue to 
visit the Inn once every week. They never look at the menu 
for it is a known fact they have come for two "steaks" one 
"medium done" and the other "medium to well". The table also 
is always the same "in the corner on the Porch". 

It is a joy to welcome each and every one of our 
friends for they always bring a happy smile and a cheerful 

Saturday, July 21*, 19U8 Very narm 

Last month the June brides were the topic of 
conversation for it seemed that we had a wedding almost 
every day and sometimes two and three in one day. Yes, it 
was a common occurence to see a hostess fluttering through 
the corridor with a pair of pewter candle sticks and a box 
of white tapers in one hand and a white satin ribbon for 
the knife in the other hand. Now, in trds month of July, 
the steady flow of brides has ceased and a more common 
occurence at the Inn is the sight of the Gray Line sight- 
seeing bus. 

However, today seemed like the month of the brides 
for the Inn welcomed three brides today. Our first bride, 
Miss ohirley Gates from Ashland, Massachusetts was married 
at a two o'clock service in the Martha-Mary Chapel but had 
no reception at the Inn. 

The Chapel again became the scene for our second 
wedding. Tapers were lighted at the altar and a five 
o'clock wedding was scheduled for Miss Byers of ;sest Newton, 
Massachusetts. A reception for about eighty people followed 
in the large Ball Room of the Inn. A receiving line was formed 
in front of the fire place in the Ball Boom. A colorful 
picture, indeed, was made by the bride and her attendant who 
wore afternoon length blue and Pink crepe dresses and carried 
old-fashioned pink and white bouquets. Two large bouquets of 
pale pink and yellow gladiola were placed on either side of 
the fireplace and furnished a colorful background for the 
bridal party. 

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of Jul/ 16 * &th f 1&8 lmlusiTO 

Cur fc.ird onu lost uttidt&c -w tbc ctey* els® icoic 
place in the £*?&*-{£ I ipoil »itb a reception la the mall 
haUnaflni of the laiu Cob tSTLdtop &ga £Hy Dee ifea* ScawSfte 1 - 
,.-i«c:. &etts «&»« j3H9Bd in : ± extern drest with 

aatchiQu accec-sor." lex Jwgc ^.itc w5.' iko adorned 

the boffat tabid «ad aaa act off ly pink g ladl o la, tele's 
reath *nd grease* £ touch of tbs scr* ?-infe sad *M.te eoobi- 
nailcs srus toed in floral arraBEeraeofcs a . both rattles. 

This aae a Ujoy day for ell s t iho loa bat alec 
a aeet eatable day ft> r tUe r of a aa&SLag tt* carried 

with ea&s of u3» 

Week of July 2£ - 31, 19h% inclusive 

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Sunday, July 25, 191*8 Pleasant 

Our baby business has been very good this Summer. 
He have entertained babies in arms, babies in baby carriages, 
babies in baskets and just plain babies! have had laugh- 
ing babies and crying babies and sober babies. And babies of 
all ages. Some have been just barely able to walk and others 
could sit in a high chair. Others have not been able to sit 
up at alii 

Such was the case of a recent baby whose luncheon 
was served in the old pine cradle. It consisted of one bottle 
of milk nhich mother had brought along in a bag to "warm up." 
This was done and bottle and baby placed in the cradle with 
Miss Eaton assigned as nursemaid. She rocked the cradle, talked 
to the baby and while the parents walked through the house, 
convinced him that it was time to settle down to the business 
of eating in spite of an admiring audience which had gathered 
quickly from all parts of the house and yes, really from all 
parts of the United states! When Mother and Dad returned, 
the bottle was empty and their baby was cooing and kicking - 
perfectly contented to be a No. I exhibit at the .'/ayside Inn. 

Monday, July 26, 19U8 Warm 

Flowers from our garden are blooming more profusely 
and today there were pewter bowls filled with zinnias in the 
paler shades on the mantels in some of the rooms. A few 
velvety purple and yellow sallpaglossis have also begun to 
appear as well as the wiiite and lavender asters. 

Kind friends often present us with flowers too and 
the Bowkers and their beautiful roses have been mentioned 
many times. Today Hazel Maclean, a former employee, came to 
see us and brought a bunch of fragrant sweet peas picked in 
her garden. Mrs. Flint's new husband, Bobbie, brought us 
some water lillies. It was after sundown so most of them 
were closed tight. Tomorrow they will open wide but even 
today their fragrance and white and gold loveliness have 
caused many a comment from the guests. 

Week of July 2£ - 31> 191$ inclusive 
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Tuesday, July 27, 19U8 Pleasant 

Three very tanned vacationists arrived in time for 
breakfast this morning on their way from Bar Harbor to New York. 
Their dark brown hands, arms and faces suggested long hours on 
a smooth, sandy beach or picnics atop sea-lashed rocks. Anyway 
they were an interesting looking trio - two gentlemen and a 
young lady. The older of the two men had an especially inter- 
esting face, high forehead and a kindly smile. The young 
lady's refined, cultural features were further enhanced by the 
dark brown glow of her sun-tan. After breakfast they returned 
to the Bar-room where they spoke in low, soft tones, admiring 
a piece of furniture here or an architectural point of interest 
there. Finally the elder gentleman revealed his identity. He 
was gilliam Sauter who recalled being here about three years 
ago with his wife, the late Bessie Beattie of radio fame. Miss 
Beattie used to talk to New Yorkers via the radio every morning 
and became greatly beloved by all who listened. Three years 
ago, Mr. tauter told us, he and his wife were accompanied on 
their trip by Berta and ilmer Hader who write and illustrate 
children's stories. This morning however, Mr. Sauter did not 
tell us the names of his friends. That tall, dark young lady, 
she must be a famous somebody! 

Wednesday, July 28, 19u8 Warm 

Interesting guests today were Mr. Alexander Ford 
and his two daughters from Detroit, fthen asked if they 
were related to "our" Mr. Ford they said "Yes, second cousins." 

Rev. Damrosch and family from Doylestown, Pa. spent 
the night in our two adjoining rooms on the second floor. The 
cot was also put to use for one of the children but there did 
not seem to be any place for the baby. So the old cradle was 
brought up from the Washington Bedroom and he fell asleep 
rocked by his mother lying in the big bed beside him. 

Harold Hathaway, the Gray Line driver and guide brought 
us a pamphlet which is now being sold at the Longfellow House 
in Cambridge. It is a history and is written by Henry Wadsworth 
Longfellow Dana. The history of the house centers particularly 
about the following four occupants t 



Week of July 2J> - 31, 19li8 inclusive 

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.Wednesday, July 26, 19U8 (continued) 

Major John Vassall who built it in 1759 

Gen, Washington who had his headquarters there 
1775 - 1776 

Mr. Andrew Craigie who enlarged the house in 1793 

The poet Longfellow who lived here from 1837 - 1682 

A most interesting guide through the various rooms 
follows a brief life history of the four persons mentioned 

Thursday, July 29, 19U8 Pleasant 

Mrs. John Howe cane from Marlboro today to talk 
about the Howe family and to make arrangements for an After- 
noon Tea which she wants to give here sometime in November* 
Mrs. Howe lives in one of the old Howe houses in Marlboro 
which belonged originally to a relative of our early Howes. 
She is gradually restoring the old features of the house 
and wants to furnish it appropriately. Today Mrs. Howe 
spent some time in the old Kitchen comparing our wooden 
utensils with those in her own collection. 

Later in the afternoon, Mrs. John Colby came 
to arrange for a Birthday tea to be given on Sunday after- 
noon August 8th for her mother. Her mother will be eighty- 
two years old and "she loves a party", said Mrs. Colby. 
Plans are being made to have the party in the old Ball-room 
for about fifty guests. 

Friday, July 30, 191*8 Pleasant 

Recent Guests 

A hostess stopped to greet a guest in the parlor 
who seemed to be interested in the old spinSt. The gentle- 
man explained he had spent a lifetime studying and repairing 
old pianos. Our guest, Mr. Arthur J. Skeels from Berrien 
Springs, Michigan was allowed to play a few notes on the 
spinit and also to lift the cover to look at the inside. 

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Week of July 2$ - 31, 191*8 inclusive 

Friday, July 30, 19U8 (continued) 

The "Cook Tour" came to the Inn again today with 
a party of thirty-four for luncheon and as usual brought a 
lovely sunny day along with them. Luncheon was served on 
the Porch and a tour of the Inn was provided after luncheon. 

Saturday, July 31 > 19U8 Sunny and .=arm 

Dr. Huntley, a Vayside Inn friend, and frequent 
guest at the Inn is also somewhat of a poet and aften 
writes us a few lines about something that has impressed 
him ihile at the Inn. It may be a flower or a bird or 
something about the Inn. Today the poem is entitled 
"The Rampant Red Horse or Mhy the Steed at the Wayside Inn 
is Fit to Fly:" 

"When Washington - a - journey went 
His hunger rose a-high 
He cried "for food I'm now intent 
I can not tell a liel" 

Then as he passed through Sudbur-ee 
And came to Master Howe's 
"Haiti Haiti he cried "0, joy is mei 
This landlord we'll arouse i 

I now relate a myster— ee 
A miracle 'tis said; 
iiut this in sooth is histor-ee 
And must with faith be read. 

There stood, upon the ancient sign 
A horse with auburn hair, 
A placid beast with look begign 
Four feet well planted there, 


Now, when the General left his coach 
Old Dobbin gave a neigh, 
Thrilled by the soldier's swift approach 
"Your're welcome, Sir" to say. 

The eneral paused, amused, amased 
Then bowed before the steed 
And cried as he in wonder gized 
■Upi Fegasusi upi God-speed. 

Week of August 1-7, 19U8 inclusive 

Sunday, August 1, 19h8 Cloudy 

Alta Ann Turner lias completed her course in paint- 
ing with Rut ledge Bate in Rockport, Massachusetts and today 
was on her way home with her mother and father. The three 
spent the night here and gave us the opportunity of viewing 
some of Alta's art work. As a matter of fact, Alta herself 
is so beautiful to look upon she is indeed a charming artist's 
subject. Rutledge Bate thought so too and wanted to paint 
her portrait which he did in oils. It will be on e:xhibition 
in Rockport through the Summer. rte hope to see it and wish 
\ve could give the reader as good as interpretation of Alta's 
beauty with our pen as Rutledge Bate has done with liis brush. 
She is tall, blonde and fair. She has high cheek bones and 
blue eyes. Her smile is broad and lovely - but why go on. 
We could not compete with the artist who can capture Alta's 
beautiful coloring and unusual personality. 

Monday, August 2, 19U8 Warm 

Two gentlemen, having finished luncheon and com- 
pleted a tour of the Inn, asked if they might see the secret 
compartment in the Longfellow desk. They watched eagerly 
tf\ile the center portion of the desk was pulled out and the 
three little secret drawers were revealed in the back. Then 
they looked at the old safe in the Bar room and one of them 
walked up to it and slid aside the knob disclosing the keyhole 
underneath. Upon leaving one of the men handed hi3 card to 
the hostess and then we learned that he was Mr. R. G. Blauvelt, 
Manager of Bank Vault Sales for a firm in Hamilton, Ohio* 
Mr. Blauvelt said "My friend and I are putting in some modern 
safety vaults in the new John Hancock Life Insurance building 
in Boston, We find these old devices here very interesting." 

Week of August 1-7, 191*8 inclusive 
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Tuesday, August 3> 19U8 Pleasant 

One of our guests today, a Mrs. Montgomery from 
Chestertown, New York recalled the time, twenty-nine years 
ago, -when she had the privilege of seeing the foursome, 
Mr. Durroughs, Mr. Firestone, Mr. Edison and I'r. Ford. Her 
home is about a mile from the spot where the camping party 
stayed for a few days. It is near a water- fall. The 
greatest thrill came to Mrs. Montgomery when Mr, Burroughs 
picked up her small son and held him in his arms. "I've 
told my son who is now a grown up man, that he must remember 
that all his life", she said. 

Wednesday, August h 9 191*8 Cooler 

After Mrs. Stone had paid her luncheon bill she 
informed us she was especially interested in the Inn because 
her grandfather, Sydney Ball, used to come here regularly 
to give out supplies to aftout twenty peddlers who worked 
for him. Knickknacks of all kinds wo-. Id be distributed 
among then and they would travel through the different towns 
selling their wares. She did not claim relationship to Ole 
Bull since her family came from England but she did say her 
middle name was Sawyer and that she was related to the famous 
Mary, about whom the poem "Mary had a little lamb" was written. 

Thursday, August 5>, 19U8 Pleasant 

Barbara Eaton flew to New York last Monday morn- 
ing and in the afternoon flew from Hew York to Keene, New 
Hampshire then drove from there to the Eaton's sunaaer home 
near Peterboro. She was on duty here as usual, Tuesday Noon. 

Mrs. Stone has returned from a two week's vacation, 
a week being spent at a New Hampshire campt. 

Mrs. Flint had a day or two off and went to Cape 
Cod for some sea bathing. 

Miss Staples has had several day trips ar.d has 
visited friends in Great Barrington in the Berkshire, 
Brattleboro, Vermont arid Gloucester, Massachusetts 

Week of August 1 - 7, 19U8 inclusive 

Friday, August 6, 19U8 Pleasant 

The day before the -redding is a busy day for all 
members of a wedding party as well as for some of us here 
at the Inn* 

The hostess at the desk was busy taking telegrams, 
which were to be presented to the couple following the 
ceremony - last minute wedding gifts were forwarded to the 
Inn and a few minor points about the Chapel or the table 
decoration were talked over with the hostess. 

By dinner time of Friday, August 6th everything was 
in readiness for the Hughes—Smith wedding on Saturday the 7th 
and the members of the wedding party enjoyed dinner served in 
the Old Dining Room of the Inn. 

Saturday, August 7, 19h8 Pleasant 

The Marthas-Mary Chapel ^ros again made the setting 
for a beautiful summer weddin . 

The bride, Miss omith, was escorted to the altar 
by her father and looked as sweet as could be in her "dotted 
swiss" go -.. he wore a high laco crown on her head and 
carried a small old-fashioned bouquet of gardinias. 

A tiny blonde flower girl and her mother who was 
the matron of honor, made a beautiful picture in pale yellow 
dotted swiss. The flower girl carried a small white basket 
which contained rose petals and small yellow daisies. She 
wore a multi-color band of flowers in her hair. The matron 
of honor carried a multi-color old-fashioned bouquet and also 
wore a band in her hair. 

The reception for about sixty guests was held in 
the large Ball room of the Inn. The bride received her 
guests and cut her wedding cake which had been banked with 
greens and gladiolas. 

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Week of August 8th - lUth, 191*8 inclusive 

Sunday, August 8, 191*8 Pleasant 

A very lovely Birthday Party "was held in the Inn this 
afternoon. The guest of honor was Mrs. Vesper George who has 
reached the age of eighty-two. The party was given by her 
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Colby who bought 
our old talker house on Peakham Road, 

Mrs. George received nearly eighty friends in the 
small Ballroom, then sat down in an old Carver arm chair near 
the fireplace. Such a beautiful picture she made there! her 
husband, who was an artist, would surely have wanted to paint 
her portrait on canvas. It was a portrait comparable to 
Whistler's "Mother". Instead of wearing black however, Mrs. 
George was gowned in soft lavender with a lace fishu about 
her neck. And her white hair, without a cap, was indeed a 
crowning gloryi 

Ice Cream molds of flower and fruit designs were 
served on glass plates and underneath each mold, Miss Northrup 
had placed a deep green grape leaf. This served as a back- 
ground for the pastel colors in the i*ee cream. Little cakes 
with yellow and white icing carried out the color scheme. Yellow 
and white gladiolii were used profusely on the Buffet table and 
around the room. Even the punch was yellowl And of course, 
the Birthday cake was decorated with yellow and white frosting, 
ritten thereon was a message which expressed the sentiments of 
all "Happy Birthday Mother dear". 

Monday, August 9, 19U8 Cooler 

Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Bryant of Plymouth, Michigan, 
who have been guests for a day or two, left this morning to 
continue their holiday in Montreal. They seemed to enjoy their 
visit very much and Mrs. Bryant said she couldn't wait to get 
back again. 

Dr. Corya from New York brought some guests here to 
spend the night. They registered from Paris, France and 
seemed very happy to be in this country judging by the expressions 
on their faces and one or two words caught in their conversation, 
now and then, wfeieh was entirely in French. 

Mr. Naylor and a group of business men from Framingham 
enjoyed the privacy of the Old Kitchen tfiere they had dinner 
this evening. 

Week of August 8th - llith, 1918 inclusive 

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Tuesday, August 10, 191*8 Pleasant 

Miss Virginia Parsons from Indianapolis, Indiana 
felt she had been especially honored by staying here over- 
night. She slept in the "ParsonS" room. 

Mr, Funderburk, recent guest from Alabama, told 
us that he graduated from college when he was forty years 
old. He took advantage of the opportunity offered G. I • ' s 
at the end of the war. 

Mr. M. E. Montgomery of Alexandria, Virginia 
told of attending the "Common Glory* pageant held at 
Williamsburg. It depicts the pre-Revolutionary period, the 
surrender at Yorktown and the signing of the Declaration of 
Independence. The pageant is held every evening through the 

Wednesday, August 11, 19U8 Warm 

A young father and mother brought their small 
baby with them today, vftiile they had lunch, he lay on his 
stomach in his own crib cooing contentedly with his back 
turned to all admirers. 

In connection with a wedding held here recently 
it is interesting to note a telegram which was sent from 
Chicago, Illinois for the bride and groom. They had more 
telegrams than usual and we were kept busy copying them 
off until finally we had a large envelope full of congratula- 
tions for the newly married ones. This particular one began 
Esperanto, then followed three unintellegible words which the 
operator spelled out carefully. We have a habit here of talk- 
ing and thinking in the past but this brought us right up to 
the present and beyond into the future. It is possible that 
Esperanto will someday be the universal language of all nations. 




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Thursday, August 12, 19U8 Cloudy, Rain 

A telephone call came at five o'clock this afternoon 
from Senator Charles N. Tobey of New Hampshire saying that he 
would be here for dinner in about an hour with Mrs. Tobey. 

We reserved a nice table on the porch and were ready 
to great the Senator when he arrived. He was very pleasant 
as was Mrs. Tobey who said she had been here three times last 
Summer and tzos particularly anxious to have the Senator see the 
Inn. The Tobeys have an old house in Temple, New Hampshire 
which was built in 178?. They occupy it in the Summer and 
spend the rest of the year in Washington . 

Senator Tobey expressed his appreciation of the many 
fine contributions made by Mr. i~ord to the American people j 
the automobile, higher wages and the preservation of historical 
sites • 

Friday, August 13, 19U8 Pleasant 

A passer— by stopped in the Bar room to read Ephriam 
Smith's written promise to return his gun to the Town of Sudbury 
after the famous battle of Concord and Lexington. Our guest 
turned to the Hostess at the Bar and remarked, M I have a neighbor 
in Bismark, North Dakota who claims his gret, great, gr*>et Grand- 
father once owned the gun. His name Mr. Sisney Lee, a graduate 
of Harvard College and now Dean of the Bismark Jr. College in 
North Dakota. 

Saturday, August Hi, 19U8 Cool 

A wedding luncheon was served this noon in the old 
dining room of the Inn. A group of twenty-five family and 
friends gathered at one large table which had been decorated 
with flowers of pastel shades. A snowy white wedding cake 
adorned the center of the table and was banked with white 
asters. A bride and groom which belonged to the bride's mother 
was placed on the top of the cake. Cur bride wore a blue 
morning dress with pink picture hat and gloves. She carried a 
small old-fashioned bouquet of pink rose buds. 

Seek of August 1S-21, 19lt8 inclusive 

Sunday, August 13>, 19U8, 

Mrs, Day Holcomb and her mother Krs* J, 3. Day from 
New Canaan, Connecticut stopped here on their way to visit the 
Pritchard Browns, frequent guests at the Inn, who have a light- 
house near Boothbay Harbor, L&ine, Last evening they were en- 
tertained in Newtonville, Hassachusetts by Mrs, H, 3, Gardner, 
formerly Hrs. Dorothy Willis, She is a granddaughter of 
Suzanne Howe and was brought up at the Inn by a bachelor uncle 
who wanted a little girl here. Later she married Mr, Willis, 
packed up an ox cart and went west* The^f took with them a 
mahogany bedroom set, some dishes, a highboy and a hair cloth 

Monday, August 16, 191+8, Cooler 

Last night Mr, and Mrs, /are and two young daughters 
arrived from Canada to stay two days, Mrs, Yare is the sister 
of "rs, Copp, who has Just recently come to live at the Parson- 
age of the Congregational Church in South Sudbury, r, *are said 
this morning, "»Ve won't be back until late, Ve're gibing to the 
ball game to see your Red Sox play," 

It was on August 16th Just on hundred and seventy-one 
years ago today that vieneral John Stark made his famous speech 
to his troops in Bennington, Vermont, This morning's Boston 
Herald quotes It as follows: 

"My men, yonder are the Hessians, They were bought 
for seven pounds and ten pence a man. Are you worth 
more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats 
from yonder hill 6!f Holly Stark sleeps a widow," 

Tuesday, August 17, 1°U8 

This morning, Joe Archibald, an artist and writer of 
books for boys between the ages of 11+ and 20, visited the Inn, 
Seeing little Janet Kunson, another guest, he decided to enter- 
tain her b# drawing some pictures. He first wrote the word 
"Pup", then cleverly sketched in a few more lines, thus com- 
pleting a picture of a pup, 

Mr, Archibald's most popular book is "Rebel Half- 
back" which is now in its fourth edition. 


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Wednesday, August 16, 19l*8 Clear, colder. 

7e shall probably have cool nights from now on and 
this morning a fire was necessary to take the chill away. 

Dr. James Francis 6ooke and his wsfe came to dinner 
this evening. His name had such a familiar sound the hostess 
asked him if he was a musician. This seemed to please iJr. 
Cooke very much and as he handed us his card he said, n I 
happen to be the editor of the Etude." Upon his card was also 
printed after his name, President of the Presser Foundation. 
He said he knew Hr. Ford very well. Admitted to having composed 
several songs one of which, "01* Carline", he promised to send us. 

Thursday, August 19, 19u8. 

In the local newspaper today was a very interesting 
article about Ruth Clarke who Is one of the Y/ayside Inn 
waitresses during the summer. Ruth, who is attending the 
College of Liberal Arts, Syracuse University and majoring in 
romance languages, has been on the Dean's list for two con- 
secutive years. Ruth will resume her studies at Syracuse 
next month. 

This morning V±ss Staples' mother passed away. She 
was a frequent visitor here and we shall all miss her gentle 
presence. Our deepest sympathy goes to LLLss Staples in her 

Friday, August 20, 19U8 farm 

Hiss Rowe from Hudson, Massachusetts, who is to be 
marries at the loartha-lary Chapel on Saturday, held a dinner 
party this evening for the members of her wedding party. 

The "Old Dining lioom" was made the setting for the 
dinner party, one long table was set for fifteen people. Place 
cards could be seen at each place setting and an attractive 
bowl of ST.-eet peas was arranged by the bride and placed in the 
center of the table. 

A Roast Lamb dinner was enjoyed and a luscious 'Peach 
Shortcake* for dessert sadethe dinner complete. 






'Seek of August 1J?-21, 191*8 inclusive 
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Saturday, August 21, 1°U8 Fair and warm 

A day of weddings and wedding receptions began 
today at 12 noon with a wedding luncheon in the large 
Din jag iiocw of the Inn. Mi3S Pdta Collet te from Marlboro, 
our first bride of the day, was seated at the head table, 
while one hundred relatives and friedns sat at smaller tables 
facing the bridal party. 

A three- tiered fruit cake with bride and groom 
decoration on top vra.s placed in the center of the head table 
with white tapers and white gladioli on either sede. Multi- 
colored garden flowers ./ere used on the smeller tables. 

A wedding in the I'artha-Mary Chapel and a recep- 
tion in the "Small Ball Room" took place this afternoon. 
This was the wedding and reception of ?-rs. Louis Rowe. 

Our bride looked chanaing in her lace wedding 
gown. She carried a small old-fashioned bouquet of white 
gardenias* Her only attendant wore deep blue taffeta, and 
also carried an old-fashioned bouquet. 

Pink and white gladioli were used on both mantles 
and around the towering white wedding cake. 

A third wedding took place this evening in the 
Chapel. Miss I'isher rendered the organ selections, as ~ ■ „ 
Tayloi took Mm Shsila Flint of ^arlboro as his bride. 


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Week of August 22 - 28, 19h8 inclusive 

Sunday, August 22, 19U8 ^ana 

The usual summer visitors came and went today. 
The Gi~ay line busses always come early on Sundays as the 
Museum in Cambridge where the glass flowers are kept does 
not open until the afternoon. The people are shown this 
famous exhibit on their return trip to Boston instead of 
on their way out to the Inn. K 

Several large white birds have been noticed 
this summer flying around the Labo^iory Pond or standing 
in the water on one leg. It seems there are a great many 
of them this summer along the Sudbury River. They are 
American Egrets and are rather rare so far north. Their 
wing spread is enormous and Mr. Coulter says they look 
like angels when they fly. 

Another interesting bird, not beautiful or very 
graceful, is the Bittern. We often see them. One in par- 
ticular has chosen a favorite spot on top of a gray, 
weather-beaten fence post near the little brook which runs 
close to the Inn. This brownish gray bird will sit there 
motionless for hours, looking just like part of the post 
until he suddenly flies away. 

Monday, August 23, 19h& Very Warm 

The heat wave continues, but we were glad to see 
that the sun was shining this morning as another of the Inn 
hostesses took her first plane trip. Miss Fisher flew to 
Bangor, Maine and will spend the next few days in Stockton 


Everyone seems to be baseball conscience these 
days, even Mrs. Bennett who has come in as "relief hostess" 
while Hiss Fisher is away. A house guest from Cleveland 
had a friendly argument with the hestesses as to whether the 
Boston Red Sox or Cleveland Indians would win the pennant 
race this year. 

Week of August 22 - 28, 19l*8 inclusive 

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Tuesday, August 2\\, 191*8 Pleasant 

Mr* and Mrs. King, frequent visitors to the Inn, 
stopped to have lunch here on their way home from Maine* 
They told us that it was so very warm driving along that 
they had to stop at the Inn and cool off. They did not 
leave until the latter part of the afternoon. 

Lawrence Dame, the roving reporter, arrived at 
the Inn tonight in his old Sinton. He has been having 
trouble with the oil lamp headlights and asked if Mr. 
.bstabrook, who takes care of the oil lampson the Inn 
grounds could tell him what to do to prevent their going 
out. One night he was forced to travel quite a distance 
in complete darkness. Mr. Estabrook was unable to find 
what was causing the trouble, but the next morning Mr. 
Coulter discovered what the difficulty was. 

Wednesday, August 25, 19U8 Pleasant 

The passing of "The Babe", as Babe Ruth was called, 
was felt in every community throughout the United States. 
Many here in Sudbury had seen and talked with him. Our 
miller, Mr. Perry, had once played cards with him. In 
his early days of fame, the "Babe" was seen frequently 
here in oudburyjfor he owned a lovely old farm house on 
the Dutton Road. The house is now known as the Atkinson 

Thursday, August 26, 191*8 Pleasant 

A recent overnight guest stopped at the Bar to 
explain to a hostess that she and her husband had stopped 
at the Inn several times this season and each time to 
locate an estate owned by our guests' grandfather, Nathan- 
iel Ilolman. 

Week of August 22 - 28, 191*8 inclusive 

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Thursday, August 26, 19k& (continued) 

Our guest believed the estate to be in Sudbury 
or Marlborough but after conferring with several people 
at the Inn and the City Clerk in Marlborough, the home 
was finally located in Bolton, Massachusetts. Our guests 
called on the people now living in the house and found 
that their history of the house coincided. 

This spacious and beautiful mansion was built 
in 171*0 by Hev. Goss and later sold to Nathaniel Holxaan 
(1637) who was the grandfather of our overnight guest. 

Friday, August 27, 19u6 Warm 

In spite of the intense heat and threatening 
hurricane, many people are still sight-seeing. The Cooks 
Tour people who come from all parts of the country were 
an unusually fine group and after luncheon and a tour of 
the Inn asked many questions and contributed many inter- 
esting anecdotes as well. 

The flowers from our own garden are still 
blooming in great profusion and today some beautiful 
gladiolas were brought in. The perfect combination of 
colors, deep yellow, lavender and white drew forth many 
gasps of admiration. Mr, Perry planted the bulbs in the 
spring and this is the first tine we have had gladiolas 
from our o*m garden. Mr. tfiles, the Kurlbwre florist, who 
has furnished such beautiful flowers for all our weddings } 
often sends gladiolas, too. 

They are the largest and most beautiful we have 
ever seen but Mr. Perry's were almost as lovely. We think 
our miller is a very fine gardner too. 

r ^eek of August 22-28, 191*6 inclusive 

Saturday, August 28, 19U8 Very aarm 

A small wedding took place today in the Chapel 
at two o'clock at the height of the day's heat. The bride 
looked cool and collected, however, as did the others in 
the bridal party. Two songs were sunr; very sweetly by 
a friend of the bride. The wedding guests departed after 
the ceremony as the reception was held elsewhere. 

Mrs. Backman of Newton gave a dinner for her 
daughter who had just been married at their own church at 
home. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Eusden, a fre- 
quent visitor here in the past, and who was one of the 
guests at dinner which was served in the Old Kitchen. 

At seven in the evening another wedding was held 
in the Chapel and this time the wedding party carae back to 
the Inn for dinner. Kr. Smith, the groom in his white 
uniform, spoke enthusiastically about all the arrangements 
that had been made to make his wedding a gala occasion. He 
is a young Pharmacist's Kate from the Chelsea «aval Hospital. 
It is usually the groom who is supposed to lose his head 
and be forgetful at a wedding but this time it was the best 
mani He forgot to pick up the bride and take her and her 
maid of honor to the church. She was left waiting on the 
front steps of the Inn until time for the ceremony to begin. 
Kr. Purdy took pity on her, however, and drove her up to 
the Chapel where everyone was awaiting her arrival. 

Week of August 29th - September Uth, 19l;6 

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Sunday, August 29, 19U8 Very Hot 

The hurricane is now threatening the coast of 
Florida and the heat continues here in consequence. But we 
are told New England will escape the high winds. 

The Bowkers and the 'ftiites, Mrs. Bowker's brother 
and sister from New York, came to dinner bringing just a 
few roses. This hot weather is not good for than as they 
flourish better when it is cool. But the roses they did 
bring gave pleasure to all, especially the little yellow 
miniatures arranged in a tiny blue glass vase. 

Mr. Benedict, a former employee, brought some 
friends to see the Inn and bought a Good Morning book 
for old time's sake. 

Mr. Fox from Hiiladelphia spent the night again 
on his way back to Maine. His dog stayed in the car as 
usual and this time did not howl as he did before. He 
was very glad to be released, however, when morning came. 

Monday, August 30, 19U8 Cooler 

The relief from the heat is being enjoyed by all 
and the threat of hurricane is diminishing. Masses of 
cool air coming down from the northwest have sent the hot 
winds out to sea. 

Rev. Tribble, president of Andover Theological 
Seminary came to lunch and brought with him a very inter- 
esting guest, Rabbi Rauch. In the register he wrote 
after his name, Temple Adith Israel, Louisville, Kentucky. 


^mall boy: "Oh, Daddy, see the blunderbusti" 

oudbury mother to her small son who was taken 
for a ride by some out-of-town friends: 
ere did you go on your ride, sonny?" 
"Oh, we went up by the .layward Inni" 

Week of August 29th - September Uth, 19U8 

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Tuesday, August 31, 191*8 Cloudy 

Mr. Marquis Lafayette Gibbons claims no relationship 
to the great General of history. He has never been to France, 
but comes from the remote torn of Mesa, Arizona. He tossed 
his name card on the Bar this morning and talked about churned 
butter, corn meal mush and shoe— peg corn. These are the kind 
of things they had down on the old farm in Pennsylvania -when 
Mr. Gibbons was a bey. He told of selling eggs for three cents 
a dozen and of the Huckster from whom they procured brown sugar, 
baking powder and salt. The "Marquis" is touring New England 
with his daughter and two friends and hunting up Rotary Clubs 
along the way, after which he will return not to Paris, but to 
Mesa, Arizona. 

iVednesday, September 1, 19i|8 Cool - Clear 

Some people asked to see the Cle Bull violin today. 
One of the men, we were told, was a violinist but when asked 
to play he said he did not play. He gazed reverently, howev I , 
at the violin and finally did take it carefully in his hands 
and scrutinize it inside and out. The hostess was profusely 
thanked for the privelege when the group left. 

Some patients and nurses, about fifty in all, from 
the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut came for lunch, 
They spent almost all day here, enjoying the house and grounds 
as well as their chicken pie. They bought many folders and 
post cards. They seemed like very fine people ? in fact, it was 
difficult to tell nurses from patients. They will be coming 
for the next three Wednesdays. In their weekly magazine 
several pictures of the Inn have been used. 

Week of August 28th - September lith, 19ii8 

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Thursday, September 2, 19k& Cool 

The first breath of Fall penetrated the atmosphere 
this morning with a sixty degree chill. Sweaters were pulled 
out of bureau drawers from a Summer sojourn among moth balls 
and the wood box was searched for scraps of kindling wood with 
which to build a fire. Overnight guests huddled around it 
when they came down for Breakfast, iftrt as the day wore on, 
the fire smoldered into ashes and the bun, as if in defiance, 
sent biasing hot rays across the lavms at noon time turning 
the thick green grass which has been admired all Summer into 
an almost white, crisp sheet. At night the chilly hand of 
Fall again touched the earth. 

Mrs. Piemont t&o lives over the hill in Framingham 
Center had as her guest recently the Baroness Carluyuels de 
Collaerd from Belguira. The Baroness enjoyed the Inn, particu- 
larly the old Kitchen. 

Friday, September 3* 19U8 Pleasant 

A hostess often looks up from her work at the desk 
to greet the smiling face of a young man who will exclaim 
"I graduated from the wayside Inn Boys School in 1927 or in 
1931"- The hostess immediately becomes interested in his 
story and tries to find a bit of information about his class 
mates or a familiar face in the Inn that might interest him. 

Today, the young man did not appear in person, 
although he visits the Inn quite often - but merely a snap 
shot sent through the mail with a few words which read "To 
my numerous friends at the Wayside Inn, who, always, have been 
so swell to me" and signed "Bill Cash". 

Bill, who is employed by the Boston Globe > made a 
striking picture at his desk complete with typewriter, pad of 
paper and copy of the Boston Globe. 

Week of August 28th - September Uth, 19u8 

Saturday, September h, 19h& Warm 

The Hartha-Kary Chapel was made the setting 
today for our first September wedding. .ith the spring 
and summer brides past, but certainly not forgotten, we 
start once again with the Fall weddin ■, 

Today, Miss Reardon of Worcester, Massachusetts 
became the bride of Mr. Hollyer. The bride was gowned 
in a traditional white satj-n gown with long train. The 
neckline and sleeves of her gown were embroidered with 
seed-pearls. The bridal bouquet was of white gladiola 
with a single orchid center. 

The three attendants wore pink and blue taffeta 
and carried old-fashioned bouquets. 

A reception for seventy friends and relatives 
followed the ceremony in the large Ball Room of the Inn. 

Seek of September 5> - 11, 19U8 inclusive 

Sunday, September 5, 1°U8 Pleasant 

The reader can probably recall many stories about 
someone who told some one else that such and such was so and 
so. A similar story was told recently about the v.ayside Inn, 
It seems that last winter when the snow was piled inches deep 
around an old Maine farmhouse, the housewife there tuned in 
her radio to Station WBZ, Boston and heard Herman Smith recount 
his visit to the ayside Inn on Thanksgiving Day. The house- 
wife remembered that visit, as told by Herman Smith, and she 
happened to repeat the story to one of her Summer boarders. 
The Dummer boarder in turn decided to make the Inn a stopping 
place on her way home to Washington, D. C. Thus the fame of 
the Inn spreads in that old familiar way, by some one telling 
some one else about so and so. 

Monday, September 6, 19U8 Pleasant 

This was a busy day with about three hundred meals 
served. Tomorrow school starts for some so towards evening 
business began to slow down. All day, on the highways many 
cars moved aClong but not at any high rate of speed. The 
police in all towns and cities were on the alert to stop any 
infringement of the law andj as a result^ the total of accidents 
for the three-day holiday was unusually low. 

Dr. Dennis of Boston brought some friends for 
■upper. They all seemed to be foreigners and later we noticed 
they registered from Greece. They wanted a light supper but* 
when told we were just serving dinner. Dr. Tennis gallantly 
ordered steaks for everyone. 

Mrs. Flint brought more pond lillies today and 
their arrangement in low earthenware bowls on low tables 
throughout the house are much admired. One lady said, H 0h, 
smell those pond lillies. They are the first I have seen". 
The other lady said "My, dont they bring back memories i" 



Week of September $ - 11, 19U8 inclusive 

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Tuesday, September 7, 19U8 Pleasant 

The teaching staff from the Gordon College of 
Theology in Boston spent the day here today and had a 
really fine Summer outing away from the heat and other dis- 
comforts of the city. They spent the morning, forty in all, 
at the Chapel where they held a short religious service. 
Then they strolled back to the Inn and sat down to luncheon 
at one o'clock. The afternoon was devoted to group dis- 
cussions, two or three different groups sat on the lawn and 
looked very serious and earnest at times while now and then 
peals of laughter reached our ears. Dinner was served about 
six-thirty after which the theologians ended their sojourn 
in the country. A familiar face in the group was that of 
Mr. Lavers, one time instructor at the Boys school who is 
now a full fledged minister, 

Wednesday, September 8, 191*8 Warm 

The drought continues, everything is extremely 
dry and leaves are falling from the trees without turning 
into the usual colors. They cover the lawns where the 
grass is withered and brown. 

Two young men came into the Inn and asked if 
J Jiey might see the house and when asked if they were 
students said "Yes, we are going to Tufts Dental School 
and we also belong to the Youth Hostel." They cheerfully 
paid the nickle tax a piece and toured the house with great 
interest. When they came to the dining room hunger over- 
came them and luncheon was ordered. They sat down with 
good appetites since they had ridden on bicycles all the 
way from Boston. 

The Institute of Living people came for their 
second visit. About sixty sat down to lunch. These 
patients, so we were told, would be easier to please as 
they were not as well as those who came last week. Their 
social director, Mrs. Anderson, says those who are getting 
well are more discontented but she enjoys working with them 
all. They have their own cars evidently and today we saw 
many brand new Fords and laercurys in the parking space. 

Week of September $ - 11, 19U6 inclusive 
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Thursday, Sept* 9, 191*6 Pleasant 

A very special party was arranged this evening for 
a Mr. Reades from Worcester. He wanted steak. He must have 
■whipped potato and green peas and he wished to be seated at 
a nice table. And for how many? Two. He and w she M came at 
the appointed hour and were escofcted to their table. 3ut 
hardly a word was uttered all through the meal. Mr. Reades 
was sober and his lady friend sad. The reason' "she" is 
leaving tomorrow for a remote Southern town, to be gone two 
years. But the story will end happily. "After the two years 
are up" explained the host "we are going to be married." 

Miss Florence Chinigo of Worcester who will be 
married in our Chapel next Saturday evening, entertained 
the bridal party here tonight. After the wedding rehearsel, 
about twenty people adjourned to the small Ball room where 
a Buffet Supper was served. 

Friday, September 10, 19U8 Pleasant 

A surprise birthday party was held this evening 
in the large dining room by Mr. H. R. Knowles of South 
Lincoln, in honor of his mother's birthday. Forty-five 
guest3 were seated at tables which had been attractively 
decorated with garden flowers, bleven guests and the guest 
of honor sat at the head table. Pink and white gladiolas 
furnished the center piece for this table and was set off 
with four white tapers • 

A white birthday cake with many small pink 
candles on top was served with the dessert. 

Our guests spent the remainder of the evening 
singing songs, some old and some new* 

Week o f September $ - 11, I9I4.6 inclusive 

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Saturday, September 11, 19h& Cool 

Miss Florence L. Chinigo from Worcester, Massachu- 
setts took her marriage vows this evening at the Martha- 
Mary Chapel. 

A petite little bride with dark locks and flashing 
black eyes made a beautiful picture in her ivory satin gown 
triumed with seed pearls. On her head she wore a tiny Juliet 
cap with finger tip antique veil trimmed with chantille lecd. 
She carried a small old-fashioned bouquet. 

The brides three attendants were also gowned in 
satin. The maid of honor in champaigne satin and the two 
bride* s raaide in blue satin. 

The reception for one-hundred-and-'thirty guests 
followed in the large ball room of the Inn. Greens were used 
over each window in the ball room and on the buffet table 
around the cake. All white gladiola were used on the table 
and on either side of -foe fireplace. 

T e pure white gladiolas completed the picture 
and made this a truly lovely wedding. 

Week of September 12 - 18, 19U8 inclusive 
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Sunday, September 12, 1°U8 Pleasant 

A boy and a girl in collegiate togs were our very 
first visitors this morning. They were on their way, via 
Maine and New Hampshire, to begin the college year at 
Cornell university in Ithaca, New York. 

Later in the morning we were interrupted by two 
ladies who were examining the old print of Lord Timothy 
Dexter' s house. One of toe ladies was squinting at the 
very fine wording under the picture and she was trying to 
read it out loud to her friend. Instead of saying "T. 
Dexter, the greatest philosopher in the Western World", 
she turned to her friend and exclaimed :"Why, he was the 
greatest photographer in the Western World!" 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duncan were down stairs 
early this morning awaiting word from their son who had 
just docked in New York. He was returning with a group 
of students tfio had spent the Summer promoting Internation- 
al Good-will. Young Mr. Duncan lived in the home of a 
Belgiam family for twD months. 

Monday, September 13, 19i$ Very Warm 

Harry Hines, formerly of the Wayside Inn Boys 
Schools came back to see us today after an absence of many 
years. He was one of the first boys to graduate in 1929. 
His first question was, "Where is the old fire engine? 
I used to drive it." 

A lady from Birmingham, Michigan, had luncheon 
and after saying how much she enjoyed it as well as her 
trip through the house she was about to leave but came 
back to the Bar and pulling a newspaper clipping out of 
her pocketbook said "I thought you would be interested 
in this." And we certainly were J It was an excellent 
picture of Mrs. Ford. 

leek of September 12-18, 191*8 inclusive 
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Tuesday, September ll*, 19U8 Pleasant 

The Torreys from Ridgef ield, Connecticut stopped in 
recently to make arrangements for their Thanksgiving holiday. 
It is becoming a Torrey tradition to spend Thanksgiving here. 
Two of the boys are in school at Southboro and one is at 
Andover Academy, so the Inn affords a central meeting ground. 
The reader may remember that the Torreys had as their Thanks- 
giving guest last year Barman Smith, a popular radio personal- 
ity in Boston. Mrs. Torry said she would invite Herman to 
join them here again this year. 

Wednesday, September l£, 19U8 Cool 

Fires in the fireplaces were necessary today. A 
welcome relief, however, from the extremely suppressive 
weather we have been having. No rain has fallen yet. 

The Tauck Tour group was here for lunch and the 
people from the Institute of Living came for the third time. 

Our neighbors, Marcie and Edith Gross came by on 
horseback, riding very well and unaccompanied. They are 
now about eleven and twelve years old and quite grown up I 
They used to ride a fat little pony when they went to the 
Mary Lamb School but today they were mounted on full sized 

Two brothers and their wives by the name of 
Ueadowcroft spent the night and had many interesting stories 
to tell. They knew Mr. Ford very well and their father worked 
for Thomas Edison for fifty-two years. In fact he wrote a 
book called "Boy's Life of Edison" and another called "Edison, 
His Life and Inventions. 8 This was in collaboration with Dyer 
and liorton but Mr. Meadowcroft said "My father wrote 8G£ of it." 

Week of September 12 - 18, l°h8 inclusive 

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Thursday, September 16, 19li8 Pleasant 

Two carpenters are at ivork replacing the old, loose 
window frames of the house. This type of work is of special 
interest to our attractive house guest, Mr, Howland, itfio is 
here from Baltimore, Maryland to spend a week. Old houses 
and architectural points of interest appeal to him and alter 
a day or two having him around, we learned the reason why. 
He teaches the "History of Art" at Johns Hopkins University. 
Sometimes, instead of watching the carpenters we hear the 
typewriter clicking in Mr. Howland' s room. Then we know that 
he is working on that book which he modestly says "is Just 
a little writing." For relaxation our guest will ask if 
there is something he can do to help around the house. Quiet, 
Jolly, friendly and helpful too, Mr. Howland is an ideal 
guest. All of us, even the carpenters a3 they saw and fit, 
like to have him looking on. 

Friday, September 17, 1°48 Pleasant 

The Hedstone School is in session once again this 

jr A recent picture entitled "Good Old Golden Rule 
Days * Hear Again" was featured in a Boston paper rjad brought 
to our attention by one of the employees. 

The picture was one of a little boy whispering 
to the girl in front of him during a reading lesson. The 
picture read "Wendy Cook and Earle Header at opening session 
of old Redstone school house at Jayside Inn in Sudbury." 

This Friday we are all looking forward to welcom- 
ing the children at the Inn for their first dancing lesson 
of the season. Mr. Haynes will be here as usual to instruct 
the children. 

Week of September 12 - 18, 19h& inclusive 

Saturday, September 18, 19^8 Pleasant 

The Inn welcomed a group of one hundred people this 
noon at a wedding luncheon served in our large Dining Room. 

The head table for nine was placed in front of the 
fire place in the dining room. It held the three tiered 
bridal cake which was attractively banked with greens and 
white gladiola* Four white tapers completed the bridal 
table. After the bride had cut her cake, the party adjourned 
to the large Ball room where the bride received her friends 
and music was furnished for dancing. 

Late in the afternoon the Martha-Mary Chapel 
became the scene of a small wedding. About thirty guests 
were in attendance as Miss Mason of Natick became the 
bride of Mr. Howard 3. Steim, Jr. 

Early evening and the Inn was put in readiness for 
two dinner parties. One for a Mr* Sheldon of Torrington, 
Connecticut and the other for Miss Bates from Arlington. 

Mr. Sheldon is the Ford dealer in Torrington and 
his guests were members of the baseball team sponsored by 
the American Legion and Mr. Sheldon. They had been to 
the National League game in Boston as Kr. Sheldon's guests 
and he had arranged for them to have dinner here on their 
way home from Boston. After a trip thru the house they 
had a roast beef dinner served to them in the porch dining 

Miss Bates, with her party of thirty-two, enjoyed 
dinner and a short business meeting in the large dining 
room of the Inn. 

Period September 19 - 2J>, 19U8 inclusive 

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Sunday, September 19, 19U8 Pleasant 

"Looks to me as if some of the people who lived 
here in the eld days, made this stuff themselves." So 
said a very up-to-date young lady as she glanced around 
the old Bar room. She was pointing to our antique chairs 
and tables which we do not like to have called "stuff. On 
the other hand we appreciate the fact that our guest recog- 
nized the hand-wrought appearance of the "Stuff". It is 
that very hand-made aspect which gives our furniture its 
charm. That firmness of line and excellent proportion can 
never be reproduced and the rich, smooth surface which 
gives the furniture its beautiful patina is only accomplished 
by years and years of usage. Our guest may call our chairs 
and tables by any unpleasant name she wishes, but we wouldn't 
exchange them for all the modern - may we call it "stuff" 
in existence 1 

Monday, September 20, 19U8 Rain 

The first real rain we have had in weeks fell 
today. It was bad enough to prevent the carpenters, who 
have been putting in new window frames, from working, but 
not good enough to prevent the threat of fire nor to save 
the late corn. 

Miss Brown of Natick was married at the Chapel 
and over one hundred guests attended the reception follow- 
ing the ceremony. The ball room was artiscally decorated 
by Mrs. Flint with greens and pale pink gladiolas. 

A young couple on their honeymoon spent the night 
and this morning the young man, Douglas Lane, said "I 
just had to come backi I love this place. I even like 
the smell of it I" It seems that he was one of a group of 
about twenty young people who came here from Fairley-Dick- 
inson College in Rutherford, New Jersey a few years ago. 
They stayed several days while their pictures were taken 
dressed in Colonial costumes in various rooms throughout 
the Inn. We remember Douglas Lane as being very handsome 
in his satin knee breeches and ruffled shirt. Altho his 



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wife was not one of this group, she enjoyed the Inn just as 
much as her husband. 

Mrs. Sheldon from Dearborn had luncheon with a 
friend and told us she had come here several years ago with 
Mr. and Mrs. Edsel Ford. Mrs, Sheldon said the members of 
the party all wrote their naiLos an a window pane with a 
diamond and was delighted when this pane of glass was shown 
to her. It has been framed and lias been hanging ever since 
in Mrs. Ford's apartment. 

Tuesday, September 21, 191$ Pleasant 

We ushered in the Fall S2ason by having ft glimpse 
of new Fall fashions in womens' iress. About one hundred 
women from all over America arrived by bus this afternoon 
to be served tea, buffet style, in the large Ball-roo . 
Here we noted the decided trend toward long skirts and 
attractive felt hats^with bows and feathers used freely for 
decoration. As tea was sipped and the assorted sandwiches 
eatenjmany expressed pleasure in being here and having a mid- 
afternoon snack after a long sight-seeing tour which took 
them to Lexington and Concord. They were wives of a group 
of engineers holding a convention in Boston. As they 
graciously thanked the hostesses for a good tin?, they threw 
fur scarfs over siaart suit jackets and buttoned up warm 
plaid coats, indications of crisp, cool Fall days ahead. 

Wednesday, September 22, 1?U8 Gold-Sunny 

The Institute of Living came for its last luncheon 
today. There were twenty-seven In all. 

Mr. Frost had his last luncheon also. Seventeen 
business men from Hardware Mutuals of Boston enjoyed our 
most popular dish, chicken pie. 

The carpenters are still busy putting in window 
frames and today the roof of the east wing was shingled. 
Dr. Howland, a house guest for several days.?is very much 
interested in their work and wanted to know all about the 
original construction of the Inn. He even asked if he 
might go up in the attic and look at the beams. Altho he is 
from John Hopkins we discovered he also teaches architecture. 

Week of September 19 - 2$, 19U8 incl. 
Thursday, September 23, 19U8 Pleasant 

The day was not particularly interesting until 
eight o'clock this evening when forty students arrived 
to go through the house. They were students of religious 
education from the Andover-Newton Theologial school, study- 
ing to be ministers, parish workers or leaders in some 
religious work. Included in the group were young people 
from Kansas > California, Washington and Uraguay. 

Friday, September 2ii, 191*8 Pleasant 

The last trip of the Cook's Tours 19^8 season 
came today. George Pearson cane with the group, evidently 
to show the new tour conductor the route from Boston - through 
Lexington and Concord - to the Wayside Inn. 

We received a letter the other day from Mrs. Ross 
telling of her trip to Toronto with her daughter, Ann. Ann, 
who has won the national diving championship nine tlsfts 
gave an exhibition of her diving ability while in Toronto. 
The Rosses are frequent visitors at the Inn and Mrs. Ross says 
she hopes to visit us again w before the snow flies." 

Saturday, September 2f>, 19U8 Pleasant 

Seventy-seven members of the Rice family gathered 
at the Inn today for the annual Rice Family Reunion. Al- 
though the majority of the members were from Sudbury, vayland, 
and Marlboro, there were a few who had to travel quite a 
distance to be here. States represented were New Jersey, 
Illinois, New York and even the Province of Quebec. 

The youngest member was only six months old. Of 
course he did not attend the meetings and naturally he was 
not interested in the many historical relics that were on 
display in the small ballroom, but we are quite certain that 
he provided entertainment and enjoyment to the older members 
of the Rice family as well as to the .Yayside Inn staff. 

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Sunday, September 26, 19U8 Pleasant 

Our first house guest to appear before breakfast 
was a gentleman from the deep South -who greeted us with a 
"good maunin" in that slow southern drawl. After more of 
gracious southern courtesies, our guest informed the hostess 
that he was waiting for his "bride" to come down stairs. 
"Ohl" exclaimed toe hostess, "you must be a bride and groom 
couple". To which our guest replied - "Yes, been married 
just twenty-three years!" 

After breakfast a lively discussion was held in 
front of the Bar room fire by two mid-westerners. They 
were comparing people from their state, Illinois, with 
people in New England. The lady, Mrs. Smith, told of her 
surprise in finding everyone in Boston cordial and helpful. 
She said she had found shop-keepers, policemen and bus drivers 
much more friendly than she had anticipated. For instance she 
walked into a drug store to buy some ink. The clerk was sorry 
but he didn't have any ink for sale. He offered, however, to 
fill Mrs. Smith's pen from his own private supply. "You'd 
never catch anyone in Chicago offering to do a thing like 
that!" said Mrs. Smith. 

Monday, September 27, 1°U8 Cool 

The beautiful white egrets are still to be seen 
at the Labortory Pond standing in the shallow water or 
flying towards evening to roost high up in the trees. 

The Plowaans, who spent the night on their way 
back from IShitefields in New Hampshire left very reluctant- 
ly this morning. Mr. Plowman had to play one last record on 
the Edison machine in the old ballroom and Mrs. Plowman was 
dragged away in the midst of a discussion about the difference 
between Victorian and Empire furniture. 



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Tuesday, September 28, 1°U8 Pleasant 

The Hydes and the Foxes departed this morning after 
an overnight stay - making themselves very much at home and 
taking an interest in all the activities of the Inn since 
they were last here. The Hydes are from Adams, Massachusetts 
where Mr. Hyde is minister of the Congregational Church. But 
Mr. Hyde is a rather extraordinary minister. He has travelled 
to Europe twelve or fourteen times, has published a couple of 
books on Africa. The Hydes have a summer home in Maine and 
stay over with us whenever they are on their way to or from. 
Sometimes they come with old ladies or young people from their 
parish who are in need of a change or rest. The Foxes live in 
fhiladelphia and also travel to Maine in the Summer. Just now 
they are tremendously enthused about building a Summer cottage 
and have left workmen laying the foundation and going ahead 
with building plans. The Foxes confessed that they were es- 
pecially gay and cheerful because everything about the new 
house was going their way. tt Otherwise we would be very un- 
happy, " they said. 

Wednesday, September 29, 19l±8 Pleasant 

At one o'clock sixty-eight wives of Masons, who 
are having a convention in Boston, came for lunch and a trip 
through the house. The arrangements had been made by a 
Mrs. Fulton of Charlotte, Michigan. They arrived in the 
familiar Grey Line buses and after luncheon and a short 
business meeting held at the tables in the dining room went 
on their way to visit the Mill and the School and the Country 

A Mr. and Mrs. Goodhue of Portland, Maine came re- 
cently to look through the house and after expressing their 
pleasure and appreciation Mr. roodhue said H We were especially 
interested to see hanging in the Parlor the drawings of 
Longfellow and his birthplace and other scenes. They were 
done by my grandfather, Charles Quincy Goodhue and we have 
the original in our home." 

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Thursday, September 30, 19U8 Partly Cloudy 

Tonight the patter of rain is heard on the roof 
tops and the drip, drip of -water from the gutters is like 
music to our ears. So long has the good earth waited for 
moisture that ire hope the rain will continue even if our 
guests ar8 subjected to the discomfort of water-proof coats 
and umbrellas. Among our dinner guests this evening was 
Lord Saltoun of Fraserburgh, Scotland^ on his way, as he 
said, to the station to board a train for New York and then 
to start the voyage home. He has been in Boston one week 
to attend a conference of the Supreme Council of Masons, 
He is a thirty-third degree mason. Lord Saltoun is also a 
member of Parliament. When asked if he could tell us some- 
thing interesting about himself he replied in jovial fashion, 
"Hell, I lost a tooth in the last War!" The warmth and 
comfort of this old Inn on a rainy night was especially 
appealing to our distinguished guest who compared its charm 
to the old Inns of Scotland. 

Friday, October 1, 19U8 Fair - Cool 

Recent Guests 

Most of our winter guests are home from their 
vacations and are making their weekly visit to the Inn. 

The Bowker's roses still bloom beautifully and 
they faithfully bring us a basketful each week. 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanwood come and tell of their 
hand wrought jewelry classes and of the many fascinating 
pins, bracelets and necklaces they are making for them- 
selves and for their friends. 

Mr. Haynes is back from his summer spent at 
Sabosco Lodge in Maine. 

Mr. and Mrs. Livermore come once a week to 
have their steak dinner. 

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Saturday, October 2, 1°U8 Pleasant 

A -wedding luncheon was served this noon in the 
large dining room to a group of one hundred relative and 
friends of Miss Louise Giminarda from Waltham. 

The bridal party of twelve were seated at a 
head table facing their guests. Tapers and a mixed bouquet 
of garden flowers adorned the head table while small bouquets 
were placed on each small table. This was indeed a colorful 
wedding with the lovely flowers and the soft blue and gold 
tones of the bridal dresses. 

Late in the afternoon the Martha-Mary Chapel became 
the setting for our second wedding of the day. Miss Barbara 
Peterson from Worcester and Mr. Robert Hull exchanged their 
marriage vows and received their friends at a reception held 
in the large ball room. 

Our bride looked beautiful in her satin gown 
trimmed with seed pearls. Her three attendants also wore 
satin. Two in old rose and the raaid-of-honor in deep blue. 
The bride carried a spray of baby orchids, while her 
attendants carried pink and blue sprays. 

Our third wedding also took place in the Martha- 
Mary Chapel with a reception following in the Ball Room of the 
Inn. The bridal couple from Framingham were Miss Shtoway 
and Mr. Mayo. 


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Sunday, October 3, l°i*8 Pleasant 

The man in the cab -who is responsible for the safe 
journey of thousands of travellers over miles of railroad 
tracks, turned the clock back today and with about two hundred 
of his buddies, motored to this old Inn. The buses arrived 
before twelve o'clock giving our guests a chance to compare the 
Inn with a modem railroad station. They said they preferred 
their Deisel locomotives to the more picturesque stage coach. 
You may imagine a locomotive engineer in overalls and cap, but 
this noon he was "dressed up" in a well pressed suit and instead 
of munching on a sandwich from a tin lunch box, he enjoyed the 
comfort of a 'iindsor chair and table spread with white cloth 
and shining silver. Tomorrow he will be back in the cab, watch- 
ing the signals and guiding his passengers on a safe journey. 

Monday, October h, 19i;8 Clear - Cold 

A group of women had lunch today followed by a tour 
of the house. They were an interested and intelligent group, 
being wires of newspaper reporters. They came from all over 
the United States and were sponsored by the Worcester Telegram 

Dr. "Zliaabeth Tiewman, a very tall, elderly woman 
asked if we had the guest register for 1896. 3he said, ^»hat 
happy times J" "The Lemons treated us handsomely. >e danced 
in the old ball room by the light of kerosene lamps and they 
used the old warming pans to warm our beds." 

Tuesday, October 5, 19U8 Cloudy 

The Gray Line bus arrived one day this week with 
six passengers from the following places: 

Seattle, Washington 
Ottawa, Canada 
Calcutta, India 

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Tuesday, October 5, 19h8 (continued) 

Among recent guests were Mr?. Daniel L. Marsh, wife 
of the President of Boston University and Mrs. John .;esley ix>rd 
whose husband has just been appointed a Liishop of the Methodist 
Church to succeed our friend Bishop Hftrtman. 

Wednesday, October 6, 191*8 Cloudy 

It seems the drought is not yet over, itain was 
predicted for today but did not materialize and towards 
evening the sun came out. 

The painters and carpenters are busy all over the 
outside of the which looks very strange with staging 
erected here and there, men climbing all over the roofs and 
to the consternation of everyone, a coat of gray paint I Ve 
have been reassured, hovrever, that this is only a temporary 
priming coat and that the familiar rose color will be put on 
very soon. 

The .'.orld 3erie3 is attracting hundreds of people 
to Boston and in consequence all the hotels are full and our 
rooms are taken night after night. 

Great excitement prevailed throughout the house 
today when it rras announced that the Boston Braves won over 
Cleveland in the first game. Even the yants, our house 
guests from California, were pleased at the out come and are 
looking forrrard to attending tomorrow's game. 

Thursday, October 7, 19U8 Pleasant 

Mary Earle Gould dropped in to see us this after- 
noon and to chat about her new book "The Early American 
House", kiss Gould is not satisfied with the title, one 
would have preferred "The i^arly American Kitchen or some- 
thing about kitchens because she has written the book around 
the old kitchen fireplace, how the old ovens were used, what 
was cooked in the heavy iron pots and receipes for some of 
the old time foods. "But the publishers thought that the 

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word Kitchen in the title would spoil the sale of che booki" 
said ^iss Gould. She added that Kitchens do not have much 
appeal for modern folks. 

Mr. and Hrs. £. U. yant are here from California 
to attend the National League baseball frames in Boston. Today 
they saw the Boston Braves defeated by the Cleveland Indians 
and upon their return this evening Mr. >»yant gave a graphic 
account of the game at Braves Field. 

Friday, October 6, 1?U6 Rain 

A dinner was planned this evening for a group of 
one-hundred and thirty-five men and women, all members of 
the Massachusetts .Safety Jeposit Association. 

Our guests were scheduled for an early diuier, so 
arrived by Gray Line buses quite early in the afternoon in 
order to see the Inn before doner. 

As this was such a large group, SJiss staples 
assembled them in the large Ball room to tell them the story 
of the Inn. After the talk, the group adjourned to the large 
Dining iioom where dinner >vas serve . iVhen leaving, our guests 
a ll exclaimed about their wonderful dinner which had consisted 
of fruit cup, lobster newburg and our famous baked Indian pudding 
with ice cream. 

Saturday, October 9, 19U& Fair - Cool 

i-irly this noon, thirty one Dana Hall school 
girls enjoyed luncheon served to them on the porch and a tour 
of the Inn after lunch. 

Late afternoon and the Kartha-Mary became tlie scene 
of another fall wedding. The bride, IQj ,onald from r/est 
Newton, then received her friends at a reception held in the 
large Ball room of the Inn. 


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Saturday, October 9, 19h6 (continued) 

Our bride, a petite brunette, looked charming 
in her satin gown, with lace trimmed train, and lace bertha. 
She carried a small old-fashioned bouquet. 

The mflid-of-honor was gowned in yellow taffeta, 
while the two brides maids wore acqua taffeta, all carried 
bronze colored chrysanthemum.-;. 

ifty ladies gathered in the small Ball room for 
a five o'clock tea. The buffet table was placed in the 
center of the room with a receiving line to the left of 
the door where ?ft*s. Osborne from Worcester, Massachusetts, 
received her guests. 

Later Li the evening a second wedding took plcxe 
in the Unrtha-Mary Chapel. The bride being ?'iss Ann Podman 
from Needham, Massachusetts* 

A reception followed the ceremony in the small 
Ball room of the Inn. Assorted fancy sandwiches, ice cream 
and coffee were served, as well as the lovely white bridal 

Pink, white and yellow chrysanthemums were used en 
the mantle and on the piano which made thi3 a colorful 

Week of October 10 - 16, 1°U8 inclusive 
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Sunday, October 10, 19U8 Pleasant 

Recently we came upon a magazine article entitled 
"Why go to church?* After stating that the function of 
religion is just as indispensible to mankind as science and 
art, the writer goes on to say that religion is the activity 
we engage in to express our consciousness of a common life. 
This activity is the activity of ceremony and ritual. And 
no matter how critical we may be of rituals and ceremonies, not 
one of us escapes in taking part in them. As members of a family 
we celebrate wedding anniversaries and birthdays. The next part 
of the article appealed to us as something to remember in connection 
.dth the anniversaries celebrated right here in the Inn. 

"IShen a husband and wife celebrate a wedding 
anniversary, it's more than a special dinner 
together. The dinner is the means of bringing 
into the focus of consciousness their common 
life together, the means of reviving common 
memories and sentiments and hopes and so of 
deepening and strengthening their common life 

The church seeks to do the same thing for us with one 
big difference. It seeks to unite all men in community. 

Monday, October 11, 19U8 Sunny 

Mr. and Mrs. Moe from Jefferson, sVisconsin seemed 
to enjoy their stay at the Inn as much as we enjoyed their 
friendly ways and enthusiasm. vVhen asked if he had signed 
his breakfast check Mr. Moe said M Ies, I did. It's the signa- 
ture that looks Like a sailboat I " And sure enough, the 
capitals H and M certainly did look like sails. His name 
is Henrik Uoe. The Moes had just spent a few days at the 
Dearborn Inn. They said "It was wonderful and very grand!" 

Other overnight guests were Dr. and Mrs. Beeker 
from Fine Tree Farm in New York. They are friends of Mr. 3ach 
who called them up this morning from New York to say that he 
had arranged for the Boston Art Museum, usually closed on 
Mondays, to be opened just for the Beekers, who have many 
fine antiques. 

Mrs. Lamprey of South Sudbury, whose husband is m 
authority on bees, brought some friends to see the house in 
the afternoon. 

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Tuesday, October 12, 191*8 Pleasant 

Many took advantage today of a clear blue sky, crisp 
air and brilliant landscape, to journey towards the country and 
the great open spaces. Here they found Nature bedecked in her 
most splendid Autumn attire. Artists and mechanics, shop sdrls 
and professors all gazed in humble admiration at Nature *s skill 
in creating such a picture. The Inn, just to the right of left 
of center, as an artist would say, was the established point of 
interest. Consequently after the Ohs and Ahs had been repeated 
over and over again, the artists, mechanics, shop girls and others, 
came into the Inn for a holiday dinner. Yes, incidentally, this 
is Columbus Day. The holiday and its significance was for a moment 
completely overshadowed by orange, red, yellow, pink and brown trees < 

Y/ednes<la/, October 13, 1°U8 ^unny 

The autumn foliage has burst forth at last in all 
its glory of color. The long dry spell did not, to all 
appearances, dill the brilliance cf the many maples around the 
Inn. The warm Indian Summer weather has tempted the bluebirds 
to stay a little longer. Today ten were seen on our front lawn. 

Two couples, the Clarkes and the Batons wanted to spend 
the night but only one room was available. Rather than separate 
these friends or turn them away altogether we offered one couple 
the I arson »s Room on the second floor. They were quite thrilled 
at the prospect of sleeping in a four poster bed with a canopy 
but could not decide who would be the lucky ones. So a coin was 
tossed and the Eaton3 won and immediately took possession of the 
ibition Room." 

Thursday, October Hi, 19li8 Partly Cloudy 

A bashful young lady was introduced to us this afternoon 
as a jreat, great, great granddaughter of General Peleg vadsworth. 
Row General Peleg was the grandfather of Henry •.adsworth Longfellow, 
and it is the leneral*s desk wh?. ch rv proudly display in the Parlor 
of the Inn. Mrs. Hendrick from Hiram, Maine, was very much interest- 
ed in the desk and told of other pieces of furniture which once 
belonged to the vadsworth3, now in the possession of her family. 
ifeTB« Hendrick and her husband, equally bashful, were the guests of 
Adela Poston Sanford who owns and manages an adult Summer camp near 
Hiram. She is taking the young couple to New York for a glimpse of 
city life. 

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Friday, October 15, 192*8 Pleasant 

The children from the Mary Lamb School met this 
afternoon in the Ball room for their weekly dancing lesson. 

Mr. Haynes, the dancing master, reports that his 
pupils are doing nicely. A second grade pupil remarked to 
her partner B I do wish the first grade would catch up with 
us, so we could learn more new dances." 

The Gray Line Sight-seeing Tour out of Boston 
continues to bring a few people for luncheon each day. 
Although they are few in number this time of the year, 
they often bring interesting and amusing stories and we 
enjoy standing by the open fire and chatting with them. 

Saturday, October 16, 19u8 Sunny 

Every Spring a group of young ladies from the 
Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton come to the Vfayside 
Inn for luncheon. This year, Mrs. Prince, the teacher who 
usually accompanies the girls, decided it would be nice to 
bring them to the Inn in the Fall also, so at twelve o'clock 
this noon sixty Burnham girls arrived here for luncheon. 
After lunch, Miss Staples took them on a tour of the house 
and when she had finished telling the story the girls sang 
a little song to her, thanking her in a very different manner. 

It was a lovely day for t heir trip, especially 
with the autumn foliage at its height. A great many other 
people took advantage of this lovely day to visit the Inn. 

the waiside urn 

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Sunday, October 17, 1°U8 Pleasant 

Grandmother used to say, "I'm going to put on ray 
very best Sunday-go-to-meeting dress J n It was as if Mother 
Nature had said the same tiling today. She donned her best 
Sunday-go-to-meeting garb. It was the prettiest dress we 
have seen since last October. Like a jewelled gown, the day 
sparkled with shades of emerald green, ruby red and topaz 
yellow. Everywhere the out-of-doors beckoned to those who 
love this season of the year. And where are those who do not? 
The sky was blue and the air seasonably crisp. The Inn was 
jammed with people and after dinner many went further along the 
highways and byways to gaze upon Nature's wonderful creation. 
Others preferred to walk to the Chapel and Grist Mill while 
some found a not too comfortable seat on a stone wall. From 
whatever vantage point this Sunday-go-to-meeting dress was 
admired, praised and adored. 

Monday, October 16, 19U8 Rain 

Three houseguests with quite difference backgrounds 
had interesting stories to tell about themselves as they were 
leaving this morning. One was a church designer from Greenbuah, 
New York, another a poet and gentleman farmer from Maryland and 
the third, a young minister on his way to a new parish on the 
..est coast. 

Between the restoring and rebuilding of old churches, 
Mr. Brown, the architect, is making over his barn. It is to be 
furnished with antiques of a very early period and for his 
fireplace he is using bricks which were made in Holland and 
brought over here as ballast on the sailing ships, 

Mr, Lang has shown us a few of his poems and told 
us that this summer he helped the men in the fields on his 
estate near Baltimore, They planted and harvested a fine crop 
of soy beans. 

Jfev, Wiesbauer wrote in the register after his name, 
"St. Paul*s Cathedral, Boston" but said he and his wife were 
on their way to Denver, Colorado. A Mr. and Mrs. Rugg overheard 
this remark and said, "why, we're from Denver i w So a friendship 
may have been started here as the two couples exchanged addresses 
and promised to look each other up when they got settled in their 
respective homes. 



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Tuesday, October 19, 19U8 Partly Cloudy 

Nearly two hundred women swarmed into the house at 
noon time today and spent about a half hour wandering through 
the rooms. They exclaimed over the fine furniture and unusual 
atmosphere and they bought many books and post cards to "carry 
back home." Mrs. Coppinger of Needhara was in charge of the 
ladies whose husbands were attending a convention in Boston. 

Mrs. Smith Peterson whose husband is a famous ortho- 
pedic surgeon in Boston, was a recent guest and paid a friendly 
tribute to the Inn in this way: "When I come here, I dont feel 
as if I were coming to just an ordinary eating place", she said. 

Wednesday, October 20, 19U8 Cold 

In spite of a dull and cloudy day one hundred and 
two luncheons were served and fifteen came on the Gray Line bus. 

Miss Lawrence, a house guest and friend of Miss Staples, 
sat on the settle waiting to be called for. 6he was going out 
with Miss Staples while she had her painting lesson. She is 
becoming quite an artist, by the way, and the other day showed 
us some of the work she has been doing with her teacher who is 
Mr. Coleman of Sudbury. Miss Lawrence being an elderly lady did 
not tramp through the fields with the artists but sat in the car 
and read a book. lie enjoy her very much and her quaint »xpressions 
are very entertaining. 

Mrs. Copp of Sudbury with her twins, aged four, came to 
the Inn with a friend from New Zealand, A Mrs. Joan Cochran. 
Rev. and Mrs. Copp spent several years as missionaries in Samoa 
where they met the Cochran*. Mrs. Cochran just recently attended 
the Conference of Churches in Amsterdam. 

Thursday, October 21, 1°U8 Sunny and Cool 

The continuation of the lovely autumn weather brought 
a great many people to the Inn. One of our guests inquired 
about the corn sheller and after hearing the explanation of 
its use, remarked. "I'll have to teH my husband about this. He 
has eleven hundred acres of corn." 



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Thursday, October 21, 19U8 (continued) 

Rev. and Mrs. Knight and one of their daughters 
and her husband came for luncheon today. Rev. Knight pre- 
sented the Inn with a copy of his book "The Song of Our Syrian 
Guest" which is an interpretation of the Thirty-Third Psalm. 
This book has been one of the ten best sellers for over forty 

Friday, October 22, 19^8 Fair - Cool 

ith the fall and winter season approaching, our 
popular Old Kitchen Dinners are beginning once again. 

This evening Mrs. Mowery drove all the way from 
Harrisville, Rhode Island, along with seven guests, to enjoy 
dinner by the fireside in our charming Old Kitchen. Dinner 
was served at seven o'clock and Mrs. Mowery and her guests 
sat down at a table which had been carefully laid with red 
and white checkered table cloth and napkins, sparkling clear 
water glasses and gleaming silverwear. Bright red apples in 
a wooden bowl were used for a center piece and lent charm 
to an already delightful atmosphere. 

Saturday, October 23, 19l|8 Rain 

Mrs. Henry Ford, 3r., accompanied by Mr. 1 add*ll 
and two ladies arrived this evening to spend a fer days with 
us here at the Inn. Despite the driving rain which is ex- 
pected to continue for several days, the Inn put forth a warm 
greeting to Mrs. Ford and her guests. The firelight sparkled 
as it danced on the polished pewter and brass and a touch of 
Fall was seen throughout the Inn with gay touches of bitter- 
sweet, bright red autumn leaves and yellow, bronze and white 
chrysamthemums were used to high light the leaves. Mrs. Plan- 
tiff, who is always so thoughtful, brought a speciman of a 
"corsicum bulb" to show the hostesses. The bulb, a member of 
the crocus family, originated in Holland but is fairly common 
in this country now. The bulb must be placed in the ground for 
a year, and then if removed from the earth, will blossom for 
about a month. This lant, Mrs. Plantiff had kept in her 
apartment through the winter months and had enjoyed first 
one blossom and then another would appear. The dainty blossoms 
are light purple and mauve in color, v/e are all interested in 
the bulb and hope we have as good luck with it as Mrs. Plantiff 

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Sunday, October 2k, 1&8 Rain 

In spite of a cold, steady rain, a fire burned 
brightly on the hearth in the old Bar room and reflected a 
friendly welcome to all who entered. We might say that our 
guests today were of quality rather than quantityi It was 
of course, a pleasure to have Mrs. Ford walking through the 
rooms with her two friends. President Carmichel of Tufts 
College was another distinquished guest and just about supper 
time Bishop Hall and his charming wife from New Hampshire 
appeared and wanted a room for the night. Still another 
"quality" guest was James Robinson from *fbrcester, whose 
book "Proud Heritage" will come off the press very soon. It 
is an historical novel. The evening was quiet with our few 
guests enjoying the warmth of the fireplace while the rain 
pitter-pattered on the roof. 

Monday, October 25, 19U8 Rain 

A northeast storm is raging along the coast and 
although Sudbury is twenty miles inland we are having high 
winds and a driving rain. Schools have been closed in some 

Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Hall spent the night, coming 
down from Concord, New Hampshire to attend a church conference. 
Bishop Hall was his usual entertaining self after dinner in the 
Barrocen while Mrs. Hall sat on the settle knitting bright red 
mittens. They are for her three children and there are to be 
nine pairs 1 

Later Mr. Washburn joined the group around the 
fire. He is i^ory tall aad thin, the head of a boys school 
in New Hope, Pennsylvania and in his slow English manner 
of speaking had many interesting anecdotes to tell. And 
when Mr. and Mrs. Cretchlow from Pittsburgh came in after 
dinner the conversational ball was tossed pleasantly back 
and forth for quite sometime. Mr. Cretchlow is an architect 
but for his hobby does cabinet work. He showed us the picture 
of a lovely Pennsylvania chest he had made. It was finely 
carved and he had painted it with the traditional tulip and 
"hex" signs to keep out the evil spirits. 

Ifeek of October 2l*th - 30th, 1°U8 inclusive 

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Monday, October 25, 19k& (continued) 

Twenty-nine children came by bus, in spite of the 
rain, to see the house. They were from a school in Newton- 
ville, mostly in the fourth and fifth grades. 

Mrs. Ford was surprised that they had come and 
gone so quietly and that they were interestad enough to come 
so late in the season and on such a rainy day. Eat we do seem to 
be having more school groups this fall than ever before. 
Usually they cose in the late spring when schools are getting 
ready to close. 

vVe are all so pleased that Mr3. Ford has come to 
visit us and feel extremely proud and happy to welcome her 
to the Inn. It is our earnest wish that she, as well as the 
other members of her party, will enjoy her stay as much as 
we enjoy having her here. Mrs. Ford entertained her friends 
at afternoon tea served on the porch* Mrs. Prunk and Mrs. 
Plantiff were there and Mrs. Conant and Mr. and Mrs. Burridge 
braved the storm to have the pleasure of being the guests 
of Mrs. Ford. 

Tuesday, October 26, 19U8 Cloudy - xiain 

That old man Sun did not appear today until just 
after Mrs. Ford and her friends had said goodbye. It 
cheered the sadness of farewells and brightened our spirits 
after three days of continuous rain. 

Mrs. Le Sourd brought a distinquished guest for 
breakfast this morning and introduced her as the sister of 
Lowell Thomas, radio news commentator. Her name is Mrs. 
Raymond Thornberg and she lives next to Governor Dewey in 
Pauling, New York. Tonight she will lecture at the Profess- 
ional Roman's Club of Boston on her very important neighbor. 

Aft ^B 

Week of October 2lith - 30th, 1918 inclusive 
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Wednesday, October 27, 1918 Warm 

Mrs. Le Sourd, although she was here yesterday, 
came again today and brought two more friends o have 
breakfast, dhe has been doing this for many years. Being 
a professor's wife from Boston University she has many 
social duties to perform. She finds the breakfast hour a 
convenient time to pay off some of her obligations. 

Two ladies from the South, one from Texas and 
the other from Hew Orleans wandered through the rooms. 
Stopping in the Bar room and pointing to the child's 
ladderback chair one of them said, M 0h, I see you have 
a creeping chair i" She then proceeded to explain how a 
baby could push it along the floor to steady himself while 
he was learning to walk. 

In the evening sixty-five people had a turkey 
dinner and all the "fixins" served in the large dining room. 
The group was connected with the Agricultural Leaders Digest 
and came from all parts of the country. One woman in the 
group was eighty- three years old and one man was eighty-eight 
but they enjoyed the house as much if not more than any one else. 

Thursday, October 28, 19^8 Pleasant 

seventeen men from the Babson Institute in i.'ellesley 
held a dinner meeting in the old Kitchen this evening and sat 
in front of the fire until nearly eleven o'clock discussing 
the nations' economic conditions. They also discussed less 
academic problems such as the Babson Camera Club and other 
social activities of the students. 

One of the Wayside students paid us a visit today, 
He was Philip Morgan, who attended the Boys School and after 
leaving here, worked for a while in a Hew Hampshire hotel. 
Phil is now on his way to Germany to be gone two and one half 
years in the Occupation army. He is the ambitious type and 
plans to go to college after his Army training is over# 

Week of October 2hth - 30th, 19l*8 inclusive 

Friday, October 29, 1°!$ Very Cold 

A Halloween Dance sponsored by the Jr. Advertising 
Club of Dorchester, Massachusetts was held this evening in 
the large Ball room of the Inn. 

Square Dancing was enjoyed by one hundred guests. 
Many of the guests were dressed in true Halloween fashion 
with blue jeens, sport shirts and bright red and orange ties, 
Yellow pumpkins were used for decoration, as well as bottles 
of sweet cider which were poured at intermission for the 
weary dancers. The dancers departed at mid-night, each and 
every one exclaiming at the marvelous evening's entertain- 

Saturday, October 30, 19l|8 FAir - Cool 

Recent overnight guests, Mr. and Mrs. Cook, 
approached the hostess at the desk and exclaimed about the 
delicious breakfast they had just eaten. Mrs. Cook then 
remarked "I'm sure that was California orange juice we 
drank for breakfast. The bright orange coloring is typical 
of a California orange and the light orange of a Florida 
orange. You see, we are orange growers in a town called 
Fillmore, near Santa Barbara, California. This is our 
first trip to New England, explained Mrs. Cook, and we are 
very much impressed with your long rivers and your highly 
colored trees. It is such a contrast to our California 
coloring which is mostly orange, bright green and many brown 
hills. California is lovely, with its warm sunshine, but 
you certainly have a much more pleasing countryside than we 
do in California." 

Week of October 31st - Nov. 6, 19U8 

Sunday, October 31. 1°1*8 Pleasant 

This was another warm, colorful day which beckoned 
city folks to the country. These kind of days, at this time 
of year, are like a lingering house guest. He revels in the 
sweet harmony of pleasant surroundings and seems loathe to leave, 
yet you expect to bid him farewell almost momentarily. 

Miss Phyliss Hansen cf Waltham was married in the Martha- 
Mary Chapel at five o'clock this afternoon and after the ceremony 
she brought her guests to the Inn for a wedding dinner served in 
the old dining room. Twelve friends and immediate family were present. 

Monday, November 1, 1°1*8 Pleasant 

Mrs. John Howe of Marlboro entertained her Garden 
Club today with a tea, buffet style, served in the old Ball room. 
There were twenty-five present and after tea Mr. Alan Yfood of 
radio fame gave an informal talk consisting of questions and 
answers about plants and gardening. Mr, Wood can be heard very 
often on Station WBZ with Marjorie Mills and is a most entertaining 
speaker. The ladies seemed to enjoy their afternoon at the ./ayside 
Inn very much. Mrs. Howe said she wanted to give them something 
very special and a change from the usual custom of meeting at each 
others houses* 

Tuesday, November 2, 1°U8 Pleasant 

Professor Schell has started his annual series of dinner 
meetings and this evening ten men were present. Speaker of the 
evening was a Norwegian professor* 

A very nice picture of the new statue of Mr. Ford, 
recently unveiled in England, has come to our attention. We liked 
the tall, slightly stooped figure silhouetted against a dockland 
skyline and it is not difficult to imagine the inspiration derived 
as hundreds of workmen pass the image of their kindly understanding 
friend. ' 


, Novesfcer 3, 19U8" Cold - Fair 

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Mr. Gorman of the Boston Garden brought four girls 
from the Eodeo to see the house. Dressed in western clothes, 
they were very picturesque and all of them were pretty. They 
were quiet and well-^aannered, however, and when the hostess 
took them through the rooms they copied dates and other infor- 
mation in little notebooks which each one carried about with 
her. Everything about the house, the antiques and manner 
of living of the early settlers seemed to interest them al- 
though they came from states as far away as Texas, Oklahoma 
and California* Mr. Gorman showed his appreciation of the 
trip by giving the hostess a pass which would admit two 
people to the show and a seat in the same box the cowgirls 
used when they were not performing. 

Thursday, November h, l°liS Pleasant 

Bill Cash always wanted to be a newspaper man, 
even when he was a small boy. Then he came to the Wayside 
Inn Boys School and we remember Bill at a Halloween Costume 
Ball. Pencils galore stuck out from every pocket of his 
coat and a large felt hat with a white paper sign marked 
"Press 8 reposed on his curly black hair. "Beaming Bill" is 
about the right appellation for our Bill who has, since grad- 
uation, worked hard and steadily to attain his goal. The goal, 
we should judge by a roll of clippings Ball sent to us this 
week, has practically been reached. Here is a signed article 
by BiH on the very front page of the Boston Globe. He also 
makes his appearance, picture and all, in a special feature 
article on home-making and cookery. Altho Bill is a bachelor, 
he speaks with authority on cooking and says that for a special 
dish it is hard to beat Indian Pudding. The third article 
written by Bill is a short history of the Canton fire department. 
Bill has stuck to Canton where his foster parents live and where 
he boards a commuter 1 s train every day for Boston. He is now 
a special assistant to the Managing Editor of the Blobe. Once 
in a while Bill brings his beaming smile and endless enthusiasm 
out to the Inn where he cherishes the memory of Happy school days. 

Week of October 31 - November 6, 1?U8 

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Friday, November 5>, 1 Q U8 Pleasant 

A birthday party held in honor of the ninetieth 
birthday of Mrs. P. ... Moore's aunt, was held this evening 
in the Old Kitchen of the Inn. The guest of honor, along 
with fifteen friends, drove from Brookline, Massachusetts 
to partake of a turkey dinner with all the "fixings". The 
table, in keeping with the birthday spirit, was set with a 
white table cloth, two bouquets of pale pink chrysanthemums 
and three pewter candlesticks with glowing white tapers. 
A two-tier white cake was served with the dessert. A beau- 
tiful cake with its pure white frosting and pink candles with 
ten candles on the first tier, with nine candles on the top 
tier and a larger candle on the very top and our elderly guest 
remarked "that one is to grow on". 

Saturday, November 6, 191*6 Cloudy 

A wedding reception with about seventy guests in 
attendance took place early this noon in the large dining 
room of the Inn. 

Before luncheon was served, the bride and groom 
received their friends in the large Ball room, then adjourned 
to the dining room where a wedding luncheon was served. 

The bride, the former Mary Stiles of Marlboro, and 
her husband Lt. (jg) John F. Sullivan, also of Marlboro, along 
with eight members of the bridal party were seated at the 
head table. The bride was attractively gowned in a white 
satin gown. A becoming chantilly lace bertha provided a soft 
and lovely line about the bride's shoulders. Our bride carried 
a small old-fashioned bouquet with a white orchid center. The 
bride's only attendant, Miss Ellen Brown of Marlboro, was 
gowned in aqua taffeta. She ware a coronet of bronze colored 
chrysanthemums in her hair and carried a matching bouquet, 

A luncheon for *. .?enty-eight pupils of the Mary - 
Burnham school followed Miss Stiles' reception. As Miss Stiles 
taught dramatics at the Burnham School before her marriage yt he 
girls and Kiss Iicince, their instructor, were all anxious to 
greet the bride. 

Week of November 7-13, 191*8 inclusive 
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Sunday, November 7, 19U8 Partly Cloudy 

We said goodbye all over again this morning to 
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Fox on their way down from Maine to 
Philadelphia. We said it "again" because the Foxes always 
seem to be returning for one last look at their new house 
being built "on the most charming spot in Maine." 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton from the Dearborn 
Inn arrived to stay for a few days. Se are glad to see 
Mrs. Hamilton looking so well after her serious operation 
last summer. 

Monday, November 8, 19U8 Sunny and Cold 

The day started out very cold, in fact the 
thermometer registered 32 degrees at six thirty this 
morning. As the day wore on, however, and the the sun rose 
higher the temperature also rose. Looking out of the window 
one is surprised to notice how green the grass has grown in 
the recent rains. The brown lawns, with ifcich we have become 
so familiar during the dry summer months, have completely 
disappeared. Even the new grass from seeds recently planted 
along the edges has begun to turn green. 

Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Purdy came in for breakfast 
and soon after departed for a day of business. Mrs. Hamil- 
ton and Mrs. Purdy after their breakfast departed in high 
spirits to enjoy the lovely weather. 

Tuesday, November 9, l°li8 Pleasant 

Sentimental enthusiasum radiated from Mrs. Collver, 
a recent luncheon guest as she recounted the details of a 
house party held here fortl^three years ago. Mr. Lemon met 
the party of six or eight couples at the railroad station and 

Week of November 7-13, 19h8 incl. 
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Tuesday, November 9, 191*8 (continued) Pleasant 

from then on the weekend -was filled with gaiety. "We 
danced around in the Ball room and had a Wassail bowl' 1 
beamed our guest as she spoke with considerable feeling 
about Mr. Lemon and his friendship with her father. Mrs. 
Collver said she used to drive over from Jamaica Plain in 
a carry-all with her father who would often say, "LeVs 
go over to see Mr. Lemon this afternoon. B But memories 
of the house party kept returning, a cherished event of 
younger, more romantic days. 

Wednesday, November 10, 19U8 Rain - Warm 

We were sorry to see the rain this morning as 
well as to say goodbye to Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton. We hope 
they will be able to out distance the bad weather on their 
homeward journey. 



Donald ffeymouth, who attened the Wayside Inn 
Boys School in 1933, came to see us and show the house to 
his wife. He was especially interested in seeing the 
ball-room where he has danced so many times. He said he 
had been to many schools and many places since he was here 
but he had never forgotten the myside Inn School. 

Thursday, November 11, 19^8 Pleasant 

This Armistice Day was considered a semi-holiday 
in Boston but there were some who had the whole day free. 
Consequently we ran on a holiday schedule and the guests 
came in holiday numbers. Boosting our total for the day 
was one group of eighty— six wnich arrived via Gray Line after 
a sight-seeing tour of Lexington and Concord. They flocked 9 f\(^- 

into the large dining room and partake ^ of Chicken Pi e_anji . y/ 

Baked Indian Pudding. Many spoke of the good fobcTand 
delightful atmosphere and how much it meant to them to be in 
New Biigland. They were all Public Health officials covening 
in Boston. 

Week of November 7 - 13$ l°li8 inclusive 
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Friday, November 12, 191*8 Pleasant 

A twelve o* clock luncheon was planned this noon 
for a group of seventy-four fourth grade pupils from the 
"John t*ard School" of Newton Center, Massachusetts. 

The children, along with parents and teachers, 
were seated in the large Dining Room of the Inn and partook 
of an especially planned luncheon which consisted of Clam 
Chowder, cold sliced Turkey, scalloped potato, corn bread, 
shell beans and pumpkin pie. After luncheon, the children 
adjourned to the Ball room to watch the Mary Lamb pupils 
who were enjoying their weekly dancing lesson. 

Ifaen departing, our young guests bid the hostess 
good-bye and expressed appreciation and joy over being able 
to eat at the Inn and to watch the pupils at their lesson. 

Saturday, November 13, l°li8 Rain 

Late afternoon and the I'artha-Mary Chapel once 
again became the scene of a lovely fall wedding. 

A single spray of white chrysanthemums adorned 
the altar as Iliss Virginia Beech of Wellesley Hills ascended 
the aisle to become the bride of Mr. Clark. 

A reception for one hundred guests followed in 
the large Ball room of the Inn. The bride, a petite brunette, 
made a beautiful picture in her ivory satin gown with antique 
yV> lace veil. She carried a white prayer book, with two white 
(V^v^ baby orchids. Cur bride had five attendants. The maid-of- fJ-*^] ' 

^ "honor ■bein^gi^neojrin pale lime faille and carrie d lime and 
orchid chrysanthemums. The four brides maids were gowned in 
deep plum faille and carried lime colored chrysanthemums. 
This made a very colorful receiving line against the pure 
white background of the Ball Room and a truly lovely wedding. 

Week of November lh - 20, 1?U8 inclusive 
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Sunday, November lU> 191*8 Pleasant 

The pineapple as a symbol of hospitality is an 
ancient way of telling your guests that they are welcome. 
This expression of friendliness and cordiality was used as 
a decoration in many New England homes during the 10th century. 
A good example may be found at the ientworth-Gardner house in 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire. As each guest enters, he passes 
under an exquisitely carved pineapple which graces the doorway. 
Here at the Inn we wanted to do something out of the ordinary in 
the way of decoration the other day. So a pineapple was brought 
up from the kitchen and placed in the window of the old dining 
room. It was surrounded with two bright red apples, one lemon, 
a few pine branches and a pine cone or tno • One member of the 
household termed the arrangement, which we thought was quite 
artistic, a good advertisement for Dole pineapple juieel Y/e 
are still wondering how many of our guests thought the same 
thing and overlooked the pineapple's 18th century significance! 

ifonday, November 15, 1°U8 Pleasant 

One is apt to forget sometimes that people in the 
other parts of the country are as interested in Longfellow as 
we are. Today a man came for lunch and after paying his bin, 
told us about his home which is in St. Martinsville, Louisianna 
in the Evangeline country. His great pxandfather knew Longfellow 
and his house is the very one in which Gabriel lived. 

Eev. Lowell has arrived for a few days rest and to get 
away from the telephone and other ministerial duties for awhile. 

Three Gray Line buses brought ninety-three people of 
the Detroit Real Estate Board for luncheon. They enjoyed their 
visit very much but we found that quite a few Canadian dimes and 
quarters had accumulated in our cash boxes. 



Week of November lU - 20, 19l$ inclusive 

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Tuesday, November 16, 191*8 Pleasant 

A young woman stepped off the ten o* clock bus this 
morning and asked if she night see the house and stay for lunch. 
She seemed like a lonely kind of person and after awhile we 
discovered she was Just that. She lost her husband a short time 
ago and because he was interested in photography, she decided to 
take it up as a hobby. Being a practical nurse by profession she 
was given the opportunity of coming to New England from her home 
in 3gxas. Since then she has been more intrigued with a camera 
than ever before. "So many beautiful places for pictures here in 
New England", she said. Someone told her about a school of 
photography at Woodstock, Vermont and she went there for instruction. 
Out guest stayed a long time - way into the afternoonr-and judging 
from the photographic equipment, slung over her shouldsr in a leather 
case, she must have taken more than one picture of the wayside Inn. 

Wednesday, November 17, 191*8 Rain 

Thanksgiving reservations are pouring in almost hourly 
and the total is nearing five hundred. Today when it was a little 
doubtful that we could take a Mrs. Chase of North Quincy at the 
time she specified she said B I do so hope you can. I am a descendant 
of the Howe family and we are very anxious to have our Thanksgiving 
dinner at the Wayside Inn. You might be interested to know I still 
have the slippers and comb worn by Olive Howe when she was married 
at the Inn. She was the sixth daughter of Eaekiel Howei" 

The Farmers' Almanac says there is to be a long hard 
winter. This is certainly true if the squirrels are an, criterion 
and they say they are. Three of our family of five babies were 
whisking around on the front lawn today as if to show by their 
beautiful thick coats and bushy tails that they are well prepared 
for deep snows and zero temperatures. 

Week of November lli - 20, 1948 inclusive 

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Thursday, November 18, 191*8 Cloudy 

Kev. and Mrs, Charles Smith of the Episcopal church 
in v*ellesley dropped in for tea this afternoon and because they 
are very English it is safe to say they enjoyed their iiid-afternoon 
snack. The English would call it *a spot of tea", you know, >e 
have learned since that Mr, Smith met his wife while he was studying 
at Oxford University. Mrs. Smith is a charming person and told us 
about an old house in New Hampshire which they own. It has some old 
hinges which are put on with hand-wrought iron nails while a crudely 
cut piece of leather acts as a washer. A much more picturesque 
and interesting means of security than a modern screw. Mr* Sa±th 
pointed out the same nail and leather treatment on the hinges of the 
door xn our old dining roo: . 

Friday, November 19, 1918 Rain 

Four guests case to look about the Inn this afternoon 
and in an hour or so motner and dad spoke to their two young 
daughters, who looked enough alike to be trrfjis and asked if tfef 
would enjoy "afternoon tea" at this Inn. Both young ladies 
thought this a marvelous idea. Our young guests, who might have 
been eight and nine years of age, along with Mother and Sad, were 
seated on the porch. After tea had been served the two young 
ladies were each presented with a new tJrownie ring. A look of 
great rlee cane over their young faces as (mother explained, they 
have wanted those new rings for such a long time. 

Saturday, November 20, 19l|8 Rain 

The Harvard-Iale week-end brought many guests to the Inn 
both for dinner and for overnight, ftmong these guests, came Mr. 
and Mrs. Grady, his son, a graduate of Harvard and his son's 
fiancee. All were happy at the thoughts of seeing another Harvard- 
Yale football t/ame and set out clad in heavy coats and caps. i f r. 
Grady, who is a jolly sort of person, brought forth a blue feather 
and remarked with all seriousness "rfe are going to sit on the Tale 
side and root for Harvard." Other quests at the Inn included 
Mr Davenport ucott and young lady of Iris choice. They were hope- 
fulis for the fale Team. 

week of November 21 - 27, 1°U8 inclusive 

Sunday, November 21, 192*8 Cloudy 

Our usual Sunday business dwindled a bit today as 
housewives prepared for the mid-week holiday ahead. Never- 
theless, there was plenty of activity in all departments. 
Like the above said housewife in her own little home, our 
Kitchen staff began work on the Thanksgiving menu while Agnes 
in the dining room is already phoning for extra girls and 
polishing silver. The hostesses are checking dinner reserva- 
tions and planning appropriate decorations. In other words, 
business is being conducted as usual while Thanksgiving 
preparations are first and foremost in the minds of all 
house holders, big or little. 

Monday, November 22, 192*8 Cloudy 

Three ladies and fourteen men, members of the 
Radio Station WEEI, entertained its new Assistant Manager 
at luncheon today. Ihey were very much interested in the 
history of the house and although luncheon was served on the 
porch, the Old Dining Room^because of its atmosphere? was 
chosen for a group picture. 

Groups of school children still come to see the 
Inn. Other years the children just came in the spring but 
this year they are apt to appear any day in the school year. 
Twenty-eight Fourth Grade pupils of a Wellesley school wrote 
and asked if they could come today to see the house and the 
school and asked if the miller would be grinding. 

In the evening a party of sixteen young girls 
came for dinner. They had asked if two birthday cakes could 
be made and Mrs. Maki, at a moment's notice, made two angel 
cakes with white and chocolate frosting. Two "Happy Birthdays n 
were sung when the cakes were brought in at dessert time their 
pink and white candles lighted and throwing a warm glow upon 
the happy faces around the table. 

Week of Xoveri'yer 21 - 27, 19U8 inclusive 
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Tuesday, November #, 19U8 Cloudy 

Greens and berries have been brought in from the 
woods and vegetables and fruit have come up on large trays 
from the kitchen. These will be combined for Thanksgiving 
decorations. The greens and fruit have been piled artistically 
into a wooden chopping bowl for the center of the table in the 
Old Kitchen. At the end of the lower hall, a large black iron 
kettle has been placed on an old red table cloth and filled 
to almost overflowing with fruits and vegetables. In the 
v.ashington dining room an arrangement of greens and berries 
with old pewter is being admired. Tomorrow the dining room 
tables will be adorned with yellow and white chrysanthemums. 
Also the mantle in the old dining room. And some of the 
i n will be saved for a bouquet to go in the Parlor. 

Wednesday, November 2h, 1°U8 Rain 

This Thanksgiving Eve we have a houseful! of guests 
who sre planning to have dinner with us tomorrow. The 
Tituses and the Torreys were here last year. Mrs. Titus and 
her mother are from New York City and will enjoy their Thanks- 
giving dinner tomorrow in the country in the atmosphere of 
this old Inn. 

The Torreys, father and mother and an uncle have 
two boys in schools nearby and they also are looking forward 
to their family dinner tomorrow. Mrs. Torrey was asked 
about the name of the street in the town of Ridgefield, Connecti- 
cut where she lives. It is called Peacable Street and she said 
that in very early times this section was way out in the country 
and only two families lived there. They were always quarreling 
and fighting so the neighbors in t«wn with a sense of humar used 
to call it Peacable Street. 

Then three unexpected guests dropped in towards even- 
ing. We were very glad to give them the last room available, 
the small boy delighted to sleep on a cot. They had travelled 
a long distance and were to leave at daybreak or we might have 
been able to inquire about their name which was Wales. It is not 
a very common name but very familiar to us. 



Week of November 21 - 27, 191*8 inclusive 

Thursday, November 25, l°Ji8 Partly Cloudy 

There was plenty of -white meat and dark meat and no 
one did without cranberry sauce. Every one in our "family" 
of six hundred partook of cranberry sauce and brown gravy. All 
had a chance at plum pudding and pumpkin pie. What a wonderful 
Thanksgiving day at the old Howe tavern in Sudburyl Tiny tots 
sat in high chairs while Grandma and Grandpa graced each end 
of a heavy laden table. The fire on the hearth crackled its 
wara approval. This was our concern to make everyone welcome and 
happy and to fill him with turkey 1 And as we escorted Mr. Jones 
into the dining room or helped Mrs. iiaith off with her coat, we 
tried to remember all the things for which we should be thankful. 

We thought of the delivery boys who brought the pumpkins 
to make the pies and the pickers who picked the cranberries for the 
cranberry sauce I We gave thanks to the one who mixed the dressing 
to stuff the turkeys and to the one who shoved them into the oven 
and pulled them out when done to a turn I To those who stood by the 
dish-washer all day long, we gave a grateful word. The girls who 
carried the plates of turkey into the dining room were not forgotten. 
And too, we were tharJcful for the six hundred people who journeyed 
by train, bus and plane to this historic New England shrine. 

Last but not least we remembered that tiiis should be a 
day of Thanksgiving for the very old Inn itself - to those who 
have preserved and kept the Inn so that under its roof there may 
be a home for the homeless, a haven for the lonely, a gathering 
place for happy families and a shelter for every pilgrim on life's 

Friday, November 26, 19l>8 Fair - Cool 

itecent Guests 

Mr. Merriman, who has been a conductor with the Tauck 
Tours for many years, came to pay us a visit and decided to 
spend the night at the Inn. Mr. Merriman is now a conductor 
with the Thomas Cook Tours and told of his many interesting 
summer journeys. 

Several days ago a Or. and Mrs. Uyeno came to the Inn 
to look about and to have afternoon tea. Dr. and Mrs. Uyeno 
registered in the guest book from Honalulu, Hawaii. Today 
our guests returned and this time they were accompanied by two 

$eek of November 21 - 27, l°li8 inclusive 


Friday, November 26, 19U8 (continued) 

young ladies who/ they introduced as Elinor and Llva Uyeno. 
,or registered from Vheelock College and Elva from Brad- 
ford 3r. College, ise do hope they "will become regular 
visitors at the Inn for they were charming and interesting 

Saturday, November 27, 19U8 Rain 

A frequent gues-ui&ne, Gurney-Raymondj spent three 
restful days here at the inn. The "Madam" who resides at 
Trinity Court in Boston, often runs up to the Inn for a 
week-end or an overnight stay. "The air is so refreshing 
and the countryside so beautiful" explains the "Madam". And 
of course, she always walks over to the field to greet the 

The "Madam" recently spent a few days in Hew York 
City and remembered the Hostesses here at the Inn with a box 
of the famous Barricini Candies with a quaint little card 
attached which read "Holiday Greetings to my Hostesses." 

Week of November 28th - December Uth, 19k& 

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Sunday, November 28, 19i;8 Cloudy 

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Childs from New Jersey stopped 
over again last night after returning their daughter to Lasell 
►— -Semilinary, She was at home for the Thanksgiving holidays. The 
Childs are of the Childs restaurant family and as long as the 
daughter is schooling in this vicinity, they Trill be here from 
time to time. 

Mr, and Mrs. Charles P. Go rely of tfeston brought as 
their guest for dinner today, a Mr. Clement from the Brooklyn^ 
New York museum. Mr. Clement lectured at the Wedgewood Club 
meeting in Boston yesterday. 

Iladame Gurney-Raymond packed up her bags and bundles 
today and waited for the three o'clock bus to take her back to 
the city. In one hand were a few pine boughs she had plucked 
to keep in her apartment window. 

Monday, November 29, 191*8 Snow 

Much to the surprise of everyone we woke to look out 
upon Fairyland this morning. The snow, clinging to every tiny 
twig lasted all day. No doubt photographers will be out tomorrow 
if the sun comes out and the snow stays on the trees but today 
they have to be content to take pictures indoors. Mr. Arthur 
Griffin from •dnchester has telephoned several times for informa- 
tion about the Chapel. The little folder entitled ■ The Chapels 
of Martha and Mary" was sent to him and as a result the Chapel 
will appear on the cover of Collier's Magazine for January. Mr. 
Griffin and his wife came early today to take another picture in 
color, this time one of our fireplaces for a Christmas calendar. 
The old kitchen was chosen and Mrs. Flint's colorful arrangement 
of gourds and pine cones in a wooden bowl with pine boughs lying 
on soft red fringed napkins was left on the long trestle table. 
A fire was lighted to flare up just at the critical moment to 
add more color. 

The tree surgeons came as usual to work until the 
snow became so thick they were forced to stop. Ihey are very 
agile and clamber about high up in the branchesof the trees so 
Mr. Coulter said they look just like our squirrels. 



Week of Nov. 28th - Dee. lith, 19U8 

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Tuesday, November 30, l°ii8 Cloudy 

A letter came today from Miss Joan Dieff enbaciL in- 
quiring about the Christmas holidays and suggesting a visit 
here at that time. The reader -will remember Joan and her 
sister Ann who came for nine successive Christmases until Miss 
Inn passed away about a year and a half ago. Last Christmas we 
missed them very much and are pleased to learn that Joan is 
willing to make the trip to the Inn alone. 

Wednesday, December 1, 1°U8 Pleasant 

One more item about ThanksgiviiiG:, forgotten in the 
excitement of that busy tine, was a call the Saturday previous 
from Mrs. Bowker. She called just to say "hello", to wish us 
all a Happy Thanksgiving an: 1 , to say she hasn't forgotoen kg. 
Mr. Bowker has been promoted to a higher position as President 
of some Tax Association which involves still later hours and 
still more work. He is to be congratulated upon this new 
honor* which he so richly deserves, but we miss Mr. and Mrs. 
Bowker' s Saturday night visits very much. 

A man who had had afternoon tea today with his 
mother asked if he might hat* one of our menus as a souvenir. 
He seemed very talkative and in fine spirits and we finally 
learned that he had just come from a hospital where he had 
expected to undergo an operation. This was found to be un- 
necessary so he was very happy. He said he had a collection 
of menus from twenty-two foreign countries and wanted to add 
ours to it. 

When Mr. and Mrs. Purdy came to dinner this evening 
Mrs. Purdy said, "Did you ever see anything like this before?" 
In her hand she had a pair of old-fashioned sun glasses wiiich 
were most interesting and unusual, shaped womewhat like those 
of today, that is, tapering to a point at the sides, they were 
made of stiff black wire mesh with a small round piece of blue 
glass in the centre. Mrs. Purdy was taking them to the Country 
Store where Mr. Swanson will probably add them to other interest- 
ing items of this sort. How very true "There is nothing new 
under the sunl" 



Week of Nov. 28th -- Dec. Uth, l°h8 

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Thursday, December 2, 191*8 Please it 

A luncheon guest>'o , s« lielso:^ anv/rapped soiae tissue 
paper from an old silver mug today and told us that the piece 
belonged to an earl/ governor of liassachusetts, John Leverett. 
Re was governor about l6£0 and was an ancestor of Lars. Kelson, 
■who told us that she once asked Senator Leverett Baltonstall if 
he too, was related to the early governor. lie said he was, The 
imis was a perfectly beautiful piece of silver, exquisitely de- 
sigred. The handle was curved in simple, graceful fashion like 
many of the handles on the pewter mugs here at the Inn. 

Friday, December 3, 1?U8 Pleasant 

Mr. Bfid Mrs. ..illiam J. Crelley, ~aho have recently 
purchased the Caldwell home on the Boston Post Itoad, are spend- 
ing ten iafM m here w% the Inn -aftsile their house is being 
redecorated. They are hopeful of spending Christmas in their 
new home if the rcrk is completed on schedule. Mr. Crelley is 
manager of marketing at the Telechron in Ashland, liass. Mr. 
Crelley remarked "We feel vexy fortunate in finding such a 
lovely home so near to my work." The Crelleys are charming 
people, both with a sunny disposition and an outstanding 
personality. $e are looking forward with great pleasure to 
having them as neighbors. 

Saturday, December L, 19U3 PlrtJgnt 

Although it was rather a quiet day at the Inn, a small 
dinner party was scheduled this evexdng for seven-thirty. The 
Draper party, consisting of twenty-eight young men and women 
motored from Dorchester, ilass . tc enjoy dinner served on the Porch, 
A short entertainment followed in the small Ball room, .coal 
selections and group singing T?ere enjoyed by all. 

News of a new Sudbury taxi service has been received 
at the Inn. Cards inscribed "This is your taxi for your 
convenience" have come to our attention. 


Week of December 5, 19U8 - December 11, 19U8 

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Sunday, December 5, l°ii8 Pleasant 

Just at dusk this afternoon all the candles were lit 
in the Martha-Mary Chapel for the wedding ceremony of Miss Hilda 
James of Framinghan. Many of the eighty guests spoke of the 
beautiful setting and atmosphere of solemnity which the flickering 
candles created in our lovely chapel. The flowers were unusually 
pretty. They were arranged in large white baskets and placed on 
either side of the steps leading to the chancel. At the groom f s 
request a large cross was used on the Alter, flanked by tall 
lighted tapers. After the bride and groom had walked smilingly 
down the aisle, arm in arm, the guests followed and all came over 
to the Inn for a Buffet tea served in the large Ball room. Miss 
James who is now Mrs. Eugene F. Linnehan^will make her new home 
in Framingham. 

Mr. David from Cambridge reserved a table for dinner 
today and arrived promptly at two-thirty o» clock with Mrs. David 
and two members of her family, her mother and sister. They dined 
on the porch and afterwards spent about a half hour looking around 
the house. Mr. David is a member of the Board of the Ford Founda- 
tion and also on the faculty of the Harvard School of Business 

Monday, December 6, 1°U8 Rain - Clearing 

After breakfast Dr. and Mrs. Smith from Binghamton, 
Hew York had their second cup of coffee before the open fire in 
the bar room this morning. Then with book and folder in hand 
they took a tour of the house going through each room thoroughly 
and sytematically. Every now and then Mrs, Smith would come back 
to the bar to ask a question about this or that. She said they 
live in an 18th Century house and are looking for ideas in furnish- 
ings. They walked up to the Country Store this afternoon which 
they both enjoyed although Mrs. Smith complained that her husband 
had seen everything before she was a third of the way around. 

Miss Staples entertained her art teacher and his family 
at afternoon tea. with Mrs. Colby and Mr. Martin of Sudbury the 
party numbered seven. The table in the old dining room was 
attractively decorated with white chrysanthemums in a Bennington 
ware dish with matching candlesticks. Everyone* s eyes shone, 
including those of the two children when they saw the attractive 
favors at each place. Done up in silver paper there were lollipops 



leek of December 5 th - 11th, 19fe8 incl. 

- 2 - 

Monday, December 6, 191*8 (continued) 

for the children and candy cigarettes and money for the others. 
Mr. Coleman had a beautiful licorice pipe. Heedless to say they 
came from the Country Store. During a quiet moment before tea> 
Mr. Coleman was a very appreciative listener while Miss Staples 
told him about the various rooms. He had never been here before 
and the beautiful old pieces appealed to his artistic sense. 

Tuesday, December 7, 191*6 Partly Cloudy 

There is much renovating and remodeling and recon- 
struction going on around us. Not directly in the Inn, but it 
concerns us, shall we say, indirectly. The Caldwells, who bought 
the Southwest School building have converted it into a very 
pleasant home and have added a wing, incorporated some old 
panelling and altogether have made the schoolhouse into a very 
attractive "old" Colonial house. Last week the Caldwells with 
their three children, moved in. It wasn't much of a move, at 
least as far as distance ia concerned, for the Caldwells former- 
ly lived in our old Hagar house which they bought about three 
years ago. Anticipating the move, they sold the Hagar house to 
a Mr. and Mrs. Grelley. The Crelleys are now "doing over 8 the 
Hagar house and while repairs are going on, they are staying at 
the Inn. Paper is coming off, a garage is being built and a 
guest room added. In the meantime we are enjoying the Crelleys 
and will be pleased to have them as neighbors. 

Wednesday, December 8, 19U8 Pleasant 

This has been a beautiful mild day but a very quiet 
one. People are so intent upon Christmas shopping when they 
should be out in the country enjoying the warm sunshine while 
they can and before driving conditions get too bad. Mrs. 
Crelley stayed out all afternoon up at her house where the 
men are working fast to get through before snow comes. 

The mild weather has brought out the buds on the 
lilac bushes at the front door. In fact with the green 
grass one can imagine spring is just around the corner. When 
Mrs. Bowker came in Saturday she said she had picked a pansy 
today in her yard. 

the maxam jm 


Week of Dec. £th - 11, 1&8 incl. 

- 3 - 

Wednesday, December G, 191*8 (continued) 

Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Young, who used to visit us 
frequently during the -war when their son was over seas, came 
to tea and to talk over old tiiaes. ^e got to know them quite 
well and Mrs. Young helped us with our Thanksgiving favors 
one year. They were worried about their son but he came back 
all safe and sound. 

Thursday, December 9, 19U8 Cloudy 

Do you remember the old-fashioned Christmas tree 
decorations made out of yarn? Mrs. Flint is busy with the 
idea of winding yarn on a round piece of cardboard. She 
threads a needle with the yarn then winds it over and over the 
cardboard, .hen the cardboard is completely covered, she snips 
the edge with a pair of scissors. The final result looks like 
a bright red or green ball with tiny pieces of yarn sticking out 
all over it. A neat, practical old-tine idea revived for 
Christmas 19U8 and especially in keeping with the Christmas spirit 
of the Inn. *e haven't asked Mrs. Flint just how she is going to 
use the yarn novelties when she gets them done, but we know they 
will look gay and bright against Christmas greens. 

Friday, December 10, 19u8 Fair - Cold 

A colorful wedding, in the spirit of the Christmas 
season, was held this evening in the Martha-Mary Chapel. A 
traditional white satin gown was worn by the bride, Miss Huth 
Davis, as she ascended the aisle. She wore a lace finger tip 
veil and carried a cascade of white poinsettias. The bride's 
four attendants were gowned in hunter green satin, fashioned 
with long sleeves and scalloped neck line, matching that of the 
bride. All wore holly and red berries in their hair and carried 
a single red poinsettia. A reception for one hundred and fifty 
guests followed in the large Ball room of the Inn. 

Week of Dec. 5th - 11th, 19hB incl. 

Friday, December 10, 19hS> (continued) 

The Christmas touch was carried out in the Ball room 
with a laurel rope festooned across the mantle and tied with 
three bright red ribbons. ureens and red tapers were used on 
the piano, while the buffet table held the towering white wedding 
cake banked with greens. 

Many pictures were taken of our lovely bride as she 
cut her cake and as she tripped merrily out the front door 

"Honeymoon bound. 1 ' 

Saturday, December 11, 19U8 Pleasant 

#e notice the sheep stay close to the barn lately. The 
reason we do not know. However, we think it very considerate 
of them to stay where our guests can see and enjoy them. 

A recent luncheon guest came to the bar and before order- 
ing luncheon said, "May we sit on the Porch where we can watch 
the sheep? M 

The children also enjoy climbing on the fence or peering 
over the stone wall at our plump well fed sheep. 

It soon will be time to put the sheep in the barn for 
the winter but we will all look forward to seeing them, along 
with their young, in the spring. 

Week of December 12-18, 19li8 inclusive 
- 1 - 
Sunday, December 12, 19U8 Pleasant 

About fifty young people of High School age swarmed 
into the house at tio o'clock today and complained of being 
hungry. Dinner was ready and waiting, previously arranged by 
Rev. Edward Condit of the Needham Congregational Church, This 
is an annual event of the young people's society and included 
in the program is always a short service in the Martha Mary 
Chapel. This was held today after the boyr and girls had fully 
satisfied their appetites. In between the dinner and the service 
however, a member of the congregation entertained with a mirimba 
which she played to the great enjoyment of all present. The soft, 
sweet tinkle of the instrument was especially appropriate for 
such selections as "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" and 
"Silent Night". The young people, sitting at the dinner tables, 
were fascinated and after singing a few songs to the accompaniment 
of the mirimba, were in a reverent mood and ready for their candle- 
light service in the Chapel. 

Monday, December 13, 1°U8 Fair and Warm 

Winter will be upon us any day now and the board walk 
in front of the house was laid today in anticipation but it 
hasn't arrived yet. In fact today was very spring like with the 
thermometer registering sixty degrees. 

Mr. Berenson, who has some connection with the theatri- 
cal world and often brings celebreties to see the Inn, came today 
with a very glamorous one. Underneath her makeup and rather 
artificial appearance we saw a very real appreciation of the Inn 
but all we learned about her was her name was Sheila. 

Tuesday, December llj, 19U8 Colder 

Twenty— six women lunched in the old dining room this 
noon and exclaimed over chicken a la king in patty shells and 
ice cream with homemade cake. They said it was "Oh, so good!" 
After luncheon a tour of the house was conducted by one of the 
hostesses and while all of the ladies were from Hew England most 
of them had never been to the Inn before. They were wives of 
members of the New England Ice Dealers Association holding a 
convention in Worcester. 

Week of Dec. 12 - 18, 19hS inclusive 
- 2 - 
Wednesday, December 15, 19U8 Cold 

Another group of school children came to see the 
house today. There were twenty-nine and they went through the 
rooms in a very orderly manner. 

As luncheon guests we had a real Spanish Marquis and 
his wife. They signed in our Special Register as follows: 

La Marquesa de Garcillan 
£1 Marquis de Garcillan 

the date was written IJJ-XH-I9I48 

In the evening Mr and Mrs Wallace, who come fairly 
often,, had dinner. When Mrs. Wallace was out of the room 
Mr. Wallace said ".Vhenever we want to celebrate some special event 
we always come here. This is our place for sentiment and tonight 
is our wedding anniversary." 

Later in the evening Just a slight dusting of snow 
was noticed on our road* Much to our surprise the snow plow 
was seen going by on the upper road, with its huge red lights 
flashing and flares all lighted and blowing in the wind it 
seemed as though we were in for a big snow storm but only an 
inch or two fell in Marlboro and none to speak of in Sudbury. 

Miss Dieffenbach arrived on the ten o'clock bus for 
her annual visit of about a week. She was very much surprised 
to find so little snow here as she had been riding in it all 
day on her trip from New York. 

Thursday, December 16, 19U8 Fair 

A letter addressed to "The Hostesses" came in the mail 
this morning. Glancing at the upper left hand corner of the 
envelope, we noticed the sender's name and address which read 
as follows: The Good-Will Telegraph Co., Suite k$> 1010 Mass. 
Ave., Cambridge 38, Mass. The handwriting on the envelope was 
easily recognized as that of Dr. Huntley who is a frequent 
visitor to the Inn. The form inside was like that of a 
regular telegram and had apparently been printed up to be used 
by Dr# and Mrs. Huntley as their Christmas Card. The inside 
address was to The Wayside Inn Hostesses, oorner of Hope and 
Peace Streets, Heartsville. A Christmas message followed and 
printed at the bottom of the page was "Lilla P. and George E. 

Week of Dec. 12 - 18, 19U8 inclusive 

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Friday, December 17, 1°U8 Fair - term 

A "Christmas Party* was held this afternoon following 
the dancing lesson for the children in the Mary Lamb School. 
A tall Christmas tree with bright lights and Christmas balls 
shone brightly in the Ball room as the children enjoyed their 
dancing class. 

Following the class, the children were presented 
with a gay red or green stocking filled with candy and popcorn, 
a present and an orange. Ice cream, cake and cookies were then 
served in the Dining room. Mrs. Purely, Mr. Haynes, Miss Fisher 
and Miss Dieffenbach sat at the table with the children. 

Saturday, December 18, 191*8 Pleasant 

Although this is not the season for tourists, three 
people visited the Inn a few minutes after eight A.M. this 
morning. They introduced themselves as Col. and Mrs. Cunningham 
and Son Vebe from Chicago, Illinois. 

Their last visit to the Inn was eight years ago and 
at that time Kr. Henry Ford was here and had just presented 
the Qle Boll violins to the Inn. "'. e did not see them at the 
time, "remarked Col. Cunningham "but wonder if we might see 
them today?" The hostess prowdQLy displayed the two violins 
and learned that the young son, Vebe, was a violin student 
and also an older son, now a student at Harvard, has studied 
the violin for fourteen years and owns a rery old and beauti- 
ful violin. 

Week of December 19 - 2£, 19i$ inclusive 
- 1 - 

Sunday, December 19, 19U8 Snow 

Upon all the countryside the snow is laying a 
coverlet of purest unite. Driving is hazardous due to 
ice underneath the snow but several dinner guests ventured 
forth. Miss Dieffenbach, who has been here several days 
now, also felt venturesome and attended three church 
services during the day. One was the regular morning 
service at the Memorial Congregational Church in South 
Sudbury where special Christmas music was sung by an 
augmented choir. The second was at the Unitarian Church 
in Wayland where later in the day a chorus of about sixty 
voices together with orchestra and organ presented Handel's 
Messiah to an audience which filled the beautiful old church 
to capacity. 

Yfith the sound of voices singing Hall e juhah still 
ringing in her ears Miss Dieffenbach went back to the Memorial 
Church where a short play was presented. The story of the 
Nativity as seen through the eyes of the son of the inn-keeper 
was simply but most effectively acted. Angel voices singing 
Glory to God could still be heard as the audience dispersed 
through the softly falling snow. 

Monday, December 20, 19^8 Fair 

Six inches of snow fell yesterday and today the 
snowplow is clearing the parking space. At eight-thirty 
this morning two people came to see the Inn. They had 
been visiting in Wayland and were on their way to New York. 
They were very much impressed with their hurried tour, how- 

Recently a tiny old-fashioned valentine was sent 
to Mrs. Ford by Miss Marian Emerson of Sudbury. It has 
been sent here and will make a charming addition to our 
collection of other items of that nature. It is made of 
white lace paper and inscribed on the back is the following 

"This I vow if you prove good 
I'll do my duty as I should H 

Week of December 19 - 2£, 191*8 inclusive 
- 2 - 
Tuesday, December 21, 19U8 Pleasant 

An item in today's Herald on the Ford Foundation 
was brought to our attention. The article read as follows? 

"A committee of six distinguished educators in 
the fields of social and natural sciences and education was 
named today to determine the areas of human welfare in "i&ich 
the resourses of the Ford Foundation can be most effectively 
expended. Mr. H. Rowan Gaither, Jr. of San Francisco^ attorney 
and a trustee and general counsel of the Rand Corporation, was 
named to direct the study. He will be assisted by William W. 
McPeak of Hew York. Dyke Brown of San Francisco was named 
second assistant director." 

Wednesday, December 22, 19U8 larm 

Todays warm sun is causing the snow to melt and 
drip from the eaves. Miss Howland came again to lunch and 
left with the remark:" I probably wont see you until next 
year so we just thought we'd drop in once more before Christmas." 

Christmas cards for the hostesses are beginning to 
collect behind the bar. Besides Dr. Huntley's we have one from 
Bishop and Mrs. Hall, Mazie Gould and Rev. Gus Leining, one of 
the Fraters. 

A clipping from yesterday's Framingham News is headed: 
"Yuletide at .Vayside Inn." It is written by Les. Hall of Sudbury 
and begins: 

"Again, each of the many windows of the famous old 
<ayside Inn frames a large evergreen wreath and burning candle 
to herald the approaching yuletide season and welcome the 
chilled traveler to the warmth and good cheer within. And 
close by the gleaming Hartha-Mary Chapel shines bright as the 
star that long ago guided the shepherds to the Infant's birth." 

Fifteen members of the Mass. Bible Society enjoyed an 
old-f ashioned turkey dinner by an open fire in the large dining 
room. The table was given a Christmas touch vsrith a tiny little 
tree at each place. 

Week of December 19 - 2$, I9I48 inclusive 
- 3 - 
Thursday, December 23, 19U8 Pleasant 

The Hostesses were pleasantly surprised today -when 
presented with a lovely Christmas box of Brigham's candies, 
Mrs, Gould of South Sudbury presented the candy to the Hostesses 
for their thoughtfulness concerning her newly opened guest home 
in Sudbury called "The Captain Enoch Kidder House." Mrs. Gould 
runs a most attractive guest home with everything in apple pie 
order. Brightly colored curtains are used in each room as •well 
as lovely colored bed sheets. Mrs. Gould's house is a most 
convenient place to ifcLch to send the overflow from the Inn 
in the busy summer months. 

Friday, December 2U, 19k8 _ Fair 

An article of interest in the Boston Herald came to 
our attention today. It concerned Mrs. Howard M. LcSourd, who 
is a frequent guest at the Inn. She deems this a most interest- 
ing historical point of interest to travelers who come to Boston 
and has brought many interesting people to see The Wayside Inn. 
Today her name appeared in the paper as being honored by "Korea" 
for having done the most for friendly relations between the 
American and Korean women. Mrs. Le Sourd received a hand-carved 
jade decoration from Mrs. Induk Pahk, Korean representative at 
the United States. The presentation was made at the Professional 
rVomen's Club Christmas luncheon at the Hotel Statler in Boston. 

Saturday, December 25, 191$ Fair and Cold 

Christmas Day at the Inn found everything in readiness 
for the people who would travel to the Inn to partake of a grand 
and glorious Christmas dinner with all the "fixings." A thin 
blanket of snow covered the countryside and enhanced the beauty 
of the Inn which was already trimmed for Christmas with green 
wreathes, tied with red ribbons, and a bright yellow candle 
shining through from the inside. Inside the Inn a jolly re< i 
apple "Santa" perched on a tiny red and ^hite sleigh carried 
gayly wrapped parcels of "good cheer" to all passers by. Sprigs 
of holly tied with bright red bows could be seen throughout the 
Inn. A gay and happy Christmas was had by all, employees as 
well as guests. 

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IS ~" J 

Week or December 26, 191$ - January 1, 191*9 incl. 
- 1 - 
Sunday, December 26, 19k& Cold 

The Pictorial section of today's Boston Globe con- 
tains several pictures f ami liar to us all. Under the heading 
"Snow-Bound Sudbury" is a lovely view of the Mill from the west 
showing the black water curving between high banks of white 
snow. The caption reads, "7»ater power for mill is supplied by 
the little nameless brook which winds along snowy banks from 
Calvin How Pond." The Chapel is shown rivaling in its whiteness 
the surrounding snow and beneath a picture of the Gate House is 
this rather amusing statement "Looking like a Christmas card 
etching is the Gate House, once a coachman's house, where 
officers of wayside Inn Estate now live J 

Kiss Adams and Mr. Tracy as is their custom after 
dinner, sat by the kitchen fire quietly chatting. Then Mr. 
Tracy inquired if there was a book of Christmas carols anywhere 
about. This was provided and presently a lovely soprano voice 
was heard from the distant ballroom singing the old familiar tunes. 

Monday, December 27, 19u8 Cold 

A party of eleven came for luncheon consisting of 
three grown-ups and the others all children. Mrs. Blake, ifco 
gave the order and took the various choices^said "I an the 
grandmother of them alii" 

Rev. Gross, mentioned many times in previous diaries, 
brought two friends to luncheon. He then showed them through 
the house and explained the different things with which he is 
so familiar. 

This was Miss Dieffenbach's last day. She asked if 
she might be taken over to Concord just to look around and 
possibly have Tea somewhere. So accompanied by a hostess the 
trip was made. In the search for a little red house "Hhich 
Miss Bieffenbach had seen and admired in former visits they caiue 
to "The ;Vayside H , the home of the Alcotts, the Hawthornes and 
the Lothrops. Upon inquiring if tea was served the hostess, 
Miss Margaret Lothrop, replied "Obi noi This is not the .ay side Inn 



meek of December 26, 19U8 - January 1, 19k9 incl. 

- 2 - 

Monday, December 27, 19U8 (continued) 

That is over in South Sudbury nine miles from here." Later on 
when they were about to leave, her visitors from the Inn inform- 
ed Miss Lothrop of this fact, and she laughed and said M Be have 
many inquiries about your place. =/e send lots of people over 
there. No wonder they get confused. But you cant change the 
name of your place and neither can we. Hawthorne, himself, 
named it "Wayside 8 in preference to "Hillside" which was its 
name when the Alcotts lived here, 

Tuesday, December 28, 19U8 Fair - Cold 

Hiss Dieffenbach, who has been a guest at the Inn for 
the Christmas holiday, departed today for her home town Norwood, 
New Jersey. We were sorry to see her go as she always brings 
good cheer with her witty expressions and her nimble fingers. 
In years gone by Miss Dieffenbach has helped tie the red ribbons 
on the Christmas wreaths, as well as to assist the hostess with 
the general decorations. This year, however, the bows had 
already been tied so Miss Dieffenbach busied herself by tieing 
bows about tinseled covered flower pots, which were later filled 
and placed on each table in the dining room. we all look forward 
to welcoming our cheerful guest to the Inn next Christmas. 

Vfednesday, December 29, 19ii8 Hain 

It being a good day to stay indoors, Rev. and Mrs. 
Lowell, house guests for a few days, took full advantage of it. 
They enjoyed the freedom from home duties with three lively 
children to care for, telephone calls and many parish problems, 
and sat contentedly by the fire all morning. 

Mrs. Stillman of Westerly, Rhode Island, whom we 
have not seen for quite some time, sent us a copy of an article 
written by Mr. Stillman and appearing in the Westerly Sun. He 
has #ast returned from a two week*s visit to the British Isles, 
literally a flying visit, as he went by American Overseas Airlines! 
Under the headlines "Finds Spirit of Britishers Uplifting" Mr. 
Stillman writes: 

Week of December 26, 19U8 - Jauary 1, 19U9 inclusive 

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Wednesday, December 29, 191*8 (continued) 

"The English people still are generous hosts to 
visiting strangers. A lady in a railway compartment with 
two young men and myself insisted on sharing her chicken 
salad sandwiches. I gave her a big cake of Ivory soap, which 
she hesitated to accept until I told her it was an early 
American custom. Opening a corner of the wrapper, she sniffed 
the soap as joyfully as if it were rare perfume." 

Thursday, December 30, 1°U8 Fair - Cold 

Recent house guests, namely, Mrs. Miller and her 
son, stopped to chat with the hostess and explained, n V/e 
are from Bernardsville, New Jersey and I am a hostess at the 
B 01d Mill Inn." we are up this way to take my daughter to 
Laialle Jr. College and on recommendation of Mr. Childs we 
deemed it a pleasure to stay overnight at your Wayside Inn. 
Mr, Childs owns and operates the "Old Mill Inn" rfiich he has 
often mentioned when stopping at the Inn. Today, Mrs. Mi lifer 
produced a circular containing pictures of the Old Kill Inn. 
Actually the Old Mill Inn is a rebirth of an old barn which 
stood close by the Old Mill but is now a real hostelry offer- 
ing food and shelter to wayfarers and the community. 

Friday, December 31, 19U3 Pleasant 

In a recent diary, Mr. Arthur Griffin, a commercial 
photographer, was mentioned as having been at the Inn taking 
pictures of the Old Kitchen, the exterior of the Inn and 
several pictures of the Martha-Mary Chapel, one of which was 
brought to our attention as a beautiful cover on the January 
8th issue of Collier's Magazine. 

A recent guest presented a hostess with a copy of 
the London News. Vfe found it an extremely interesting issue, 
as it contained many colored picutres of Princess iliaabeth 
and the Duke of Edinborough.